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Terri, good idea on those pull out shelves down low. Good use of space, too.
Ceiling is up. Guy is here today to mud and tape already. Will be finished on Monday. I need to repaint trim before it's replaced.

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What a disappointment, Cathy. I'm so sorry he flaked out on you, but it's nice that he was able to get someone else to do the job.

I was able to drive my truck out to the ranch today and I was like a kid with a new toy! There are still a few things to be done to it before it can be my "every day" vehicle (not that I drive every day) but they are super easy fixes. I worked in the cabin again for a while and found places for a few more things and unpacked another large box. I already know that I will be moving some things to different places as I get more unpacked but this process is giving me a good idea for where to put things.

Barb, the contact paper in the drawers is very slow and cumbersome but it will make it so much easier to feel like they are clean. There are some lower cabinets (under the counters) that I'd like to have Steve install a pull-out shelf. They are so deep that I will never be able to reach to the back to get anything. He's pretty sure we'll be able to get some hardware that will work.

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I do want to get the rug cleaned but it's according to when the boys are available to move things back in. MIDDLE son screwed up and no one showed up yesterday. We were lucky enough to get another person who can do the job today and Monday, but the longer we use the truck , it will cost youngest son's company money so if other sons need to move stuff back in it will have to be in. Plus all the boxes and bins. But I do want to get a bigger indoor/outdoor rug to put in there so I plan to go looking this weekend.
Barb, glad you owed less to taxes and they are done.
Terri, sounds like progress.

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Terri, the windows in the Log home should be the last on your list although I understand wanting to hand it over all ready and complete. "Closure" in the emotional sense. Every box and item out is progress! I found laying the shelf liner, especially into drawers very time consuming. Glad it's going well for you and also that some want the treasures.

Only signing on now to tell you that after several false starts entering the Medical expenses and losing them once, after my Physio and a rest, I got in the zone, went at it, forgot about time and completed, checked, and submited my tax return, a day before the deadline, lol. I owed $125, not the $445 I expected which is nice but I will increase the deduction of Income tax next year.

No stores hav ethe window screen retainer clips. I ahve to take one in to the Glass store as they need to look at the number on the back. A photo and the package isn't adequate. All are too old to remove except the new ones I used in the kitchen window, you know the screen that is too short, that I have to tape in place and easily falls out & down 3 1/2 stores into the bushes, HAHAHAH!

Now it's after 7pm and I am just got a commercial dinner out of the microwave. I didn't want soup again.

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Actually, the windows that I mentioned ARE in the log house, but the ones in the cabin need to be done as well--but no 2nd story there! These SHOULD have been done already but weren't and they may not get done at this stage, but I would like to.

I'm emptying my cedar chest into a bin and will deliver it to my gd today, along with my old rocking chair. She's asked for both of them "when you're ready, Nanny" and now I'm ready. I have replacements coming for both of them eventually (from my own mother) so it's time to pass these down.

We'll also take some things to donate to the Rescue Mission Thrift store and some other things to the recycling bins and that will clear out just that much more space here. I did make some progress at the cabin yesterday while my DIL kept Sadie for me. I put some contact paper down in some drawers and shelf liner in some cupboards. Of course it took MOST of my time just going through boxes to FIND the shelf liners, but at least I was finally able to get that project going. I even put a few dishes away in a cupboard to see if it felt like the right spot. I know I can always move them later, but at least they're put away for now. I have more dishes here at the log house--far more than I will need out there--and will be passing on my 12-place setting to another gd soon. Not all the pieces are still here, but I still have most of them and she's the one most likely to entertain a crowd.

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Cathy, I hope you are feeling better by the end of the day. I was writting the same thing as Terri witht eh suggestion to schedule the professional cleaning of the carpets when you know the fix is done and before moving the furniture, etc back in. A few hours delay will be worth it and you will regret it if you don't.

Terri, I was going to ask how long escrow is, you've answered that question. it's tricky timing to have the escrow not too long but still long enough time to get the cabin ready and move in. I'm presuming it is the cabin windows that need washing as the log home one would already be done and with an offer, there is no need to do them.

I had a great sleep last night and have been working on my tax return this morning. Must quite by noon at the latest to prepare for my Physio appt. I alwyas need recovery time after and it isn't good to spend time on the computer afterwards anyways since it would make my neck tight again.

Wishing everyone very productive days, Cathy excluded. She had hers yesterday and needs to take it easy and recover today. Probably Chris needs to as well.
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Cathy, you can schedule a professional carpet cleaning to be done before you put everything back and that will be a big treat! I usually rent a machine and do it myself. I don't remember if that room just has a rug or is carpeted. The offer on the house is a good one but now they will have 3 weeks to inspect it and pick it apart. The previous buyers had professional inspections done and those reports are on record, so these folks may not choose to do that unless they now want to inspect the repairs that were done.

For Pete's sake, Barb. What a day you had! You didn't mention that the screen was damaged by the fall, so I'm assuming not. We need to wash our 2nd story windows and it's going to take one of us on the roof and the other inside the house to be sure they are clean and streak free. Not looking forward to that job.

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Terri, hope it is a good offer and no issues with this one! Yes, you need some greenhouse timd.
Barb YUCK to owing taxes. He is better and able to wear shoes again!
By the end of the day yesterday, I was just hurting too much. The girls hurt, my knee hurt, my back hurt, and I was too hot! All the furniture and boxes were out of the house, and, man, that carpet is horrible. I wish I had time to have it professionally cleaned. I hate it! I had to vacuum as it was so dusty where furniture had been and dust the walls. I ended up having to take mess before I went to bed and then in the middle of the night. I hope I come home to a lot of the work on the ceiling done.

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Terri, best wishes with the offer and special times with your little gd. Hope you find some greenhouse time.
I'm amazed at all the hauling of bags of soil Chris did. Her sidewalk looks great.

Cathy, sounds like DH is doing much better if he is able to help with the chores. I don't envy you with all than pollen covering everything. I hope the tests went ok. Best wishes on those happenings that are going on. Sometimes there just seems to be too much going on.

I had a terrible sleep last night, Up every hour switching between bed and recliner trying to sleep. Finally took an Advil and did sleep for a couple of hours. I had my exercise class this morning and had another nap after it was over.

I did a trial run of my Income Tax in early Mar but not all the informations slips were on the system. Friday is our deadline. This afternoon I did another run through and found I owe $445 so I must get it filed on Friday at the latest. I'd have leeway if I was getting a refund but my Medical expenses weren't so high this year which I guess is a good thing. I haven't made any changes to the tax deductions for years. Time to look at that again.

Tomorrow is my physio appt and Friday is my Chiro appt so I need to work on my Income tax return in the mornings before the appts. In the trial run I put in my totat Med expenses for the caculations but I must enter all the details, check all entries fot he return and the warnings (which confuse me) before submitting it electronically.

Wishing you all a great Thursday!

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The last people to look at the house have made an offer. We're meeting with our agent this morning to look it over and see whether we want to accept their offer or counter with some amendments. We're also keeping our little gr. gd today, so we have a full day planned.

Chris, laid a lot of dirt according to her wall post! Where did you put it all, Chris? I need to get some seeds started soon. The soil is still too cold for planting summer crops, but I could start some seeds in the greenhouse if I get the time.

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Barb, oops to that window screen taking the plunge. At least it landed on something semi-soft. That is always the problem with screens---taking them out might not be difficult--although sometimes it is---but putting them back is even harder. I use the broom on my screens on the front porch---with all this pollen they need it. My porch is yellow just like my car is. I might get my Dh to hook up the hose now that the cold is about over and hose the car off today---if I find the time---LOL
Terri, if not the timer, setting a limit on how many files works. HOpe you find most of it can be trashed/burned.
I have mammo and bone density test this morning. then hope to get some of the pollen off the front porch so we can use it the next couple of hot days---then a phone call from SS to get that started. Also want to plant the flowers i have that go in pots. I think everything I was going to put in boxes are ready ---just have things that need to be moved to the bedroom or the living room that I need handy---like my check book. Things will be moved out tonight---I hope it goes well.

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Whew what a job cleaning the window screens, rails and windows. I only have the bathtub in which to wash the screens. I get water everywhere, lol. I decided I could skip washing the LR windows since I washed them only a month or two ago. I was careful putting in the Kitchen screen and it still went flying out and down 3 1/2 stories into a shrub. It is about 1/4 in short for the window and the bottom clips needed replacing. I put in new clips and even then it needs tape to hold it in place. Have no more spare clips and they don't have that size any longer at the hardware store. The guest bdrm screen is washed but the window and rails can wait until tomorrow.

I applied the grease stain treatment on several knit tops that have been sitting there waiting for I don't know how long before they could be laundered. Also hand washed and ironed a silk scarf and 2 more loads of laundry washed, dried, hung up and put away.

Fiinally made the batch of breakfast muffins that have been on the list for days. I put pineapple in these and forgot to add any other sweetener. I realized it when they were in the tins so I sprinkled some turbinado sugar on top before baking.

I was so tired I had a nap before lunch and dreamed very bizarre dreams. I never dream during the day.

Cathy, I hope you got everything packed up and yor LR is ready for the ceiling fix.

Terri, I'm glad you found that link useful. Thanks for the suggestion of the GymBoss. I'm trying to avoid buying any more gadgets but I did look it up. The price is now $20US plus $8 shipping = $28 US x 1.35 = almost $38 Cdn plus 2 1/2% Fx charge by Mastercard. It gets pricey fast.

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Barb, you're right about a second set of "eyes" being able to assess and prioritize things for us. Of course, you know which one you want done and out of the way first so that you can have your van back, but the windows have their own timeline with the washers coming so that had to be squeezed in, too. I use a little device called a GymBoss for my timer. It's an interval timer meant for exercise intervals and I bought it when I wanted to add some jogging to my walks, It think it was about $15 US dollars and I use it all the time--just not for jogging anymore. It can go for hours without me having to reset a timer, so that's nice.

Cathy, I wouldn't set a timer for emptying the files because I'd want to take the time to read them to be sure I know what I'm tossing or keeping. But I would set the task of a certain number of folders or even boxes. I think most will be tossed now that I've read the link Barb sent me. I'll save all the legal documents (Birth, death, marriage, divorce certificates) and documents that might be of genealogical interest. The rest is receipts, warranties, technical manuals and memorabilia. There are a lot of phots too, but that's a different category altogether.



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Great prioritizing Cathy! Thanks. Sometimes we need a 2nd pr of eyes, lol. The A/C can wait until fall as it the cold air leaks are from a strong southerly wind. I need the fan out of my van and the ceiling fan fixed. In the meantime I need to get all the clutter cleared and you're very right about every project making more mess. I have TOOOO many projects!!! I love the idea of setting a timer. I start something, get tired and go to the computer to switch gears, then get sucked in. Setting the timer will make me stick to the project and also know how much time I am spending on it.

The screens are off so the window washers can do their work. I washed the mstr Bdrm window yesterday but will wait until the window washers are finished for the others. My arm with the injury gets tired. My Living rooms windows span a 9 x 5 ft space. They are only being washed now because the external windows are being washed. The cost is included in our monthly maintenance fees.

I woke up a half hour early and had myt bath & got ready early too. Great start to the day.

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Barb, that is quite the list. Decide what is most important and tackle that--guessing the windows and screens since the outside will be cleaned soon. Then I suggest sealing up the ac unit and then the fan. After that, I guess you can decide the importance of them. But it does sound like everything you do adds to the mess---LOL---but isn't that the way of all projects? Please be careful taking down the fan and putting it back up plus working on those electrical outlets.
Terri, I am betting most of that stuff can be tossed---but set a timer and spend 15 minutes on it. Then take a break and go do something else. Then go back and do it again. That way you don't feel so overwhelmed and bet you start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Chris, how is the work coming along that sidewalk? Can you plant anything yet?
I still need one more box to pack up the desk because the last items are a bit bigger---not that much. All the really little stuff and files are in a box. Then another box for some extraneous stuff and I should be done, I hope! LOL

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I'm thoroughly impressed with your ingenuity, Barb. I hope the rescued fan gives you what you need to fix yours. I don't envy you having to do the windows and screens but it must be nice to get the outsides done for you.



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Dumping everything into boxes is what got me into such a mess. Now I'm trying to keep on top of what comes in each week and working my way back on the boxes.

New projects , ie maintenance, keep piling on. Most are leftovers that the hack fixes aren't working any longer.
- I must clean my windows today since the building window washers are coming tomorrow morning. It also means removing all the screens, washing them, then putting them back on when the window washers are finished. The screens are old so I must be very gentle with them.
- A few years ago, one of the pull chain guides for my ceiling fan broke, I think by the painters but of course one never finds out until long after. I've been searching for the part but to know exactly what it is I need to take the ceiling fan apart. Hopefully only the light. It's been this way for 3 years. I don't think I can stand another summer without it working properly. On a walk last week, I saw a very dirty and broken ceiling fan set out for the large items garbage pickup. I had a look at how the pull chain sat then when I got home I checked mine. They look the same. On the weekend I rescued the fan, lol, wiping it down first before putting it in my van. It's still there waiting for dismantling so I can save the part. The rest will be recycled or go in the garbage.
- I need to properly seal around my air conditioner so outside air does not blow in. They did a lousy job of installing the foam seals but it was a difficult install with no outside access without a cherry picker. I made them fix it once already. I won't get anything more out of them.
- I still have 5 electrical outlets to replace. I hired an electrician to change over all the switches and outlets but he was not allowed to install the outlets I had bought since they are not tamper resistant That is stupid because it is an adult building and with the arthritis in my hands I can't get a plug into a tamper resistant outlet.
- The baseboards still need painting and fastening. I removed them all before the removal of the carpet and installation of wood laminate flooring. The project was stalled when the townhouse sold and I had to move within 2 1/2 weeks. Since then there is little space or time to work on them. The previous owners installed two different sizes so the thicker ones stick out from the door casements. It creates all kinds of awkward situations. Terri, remember when Steve had to figure out how to tie in the various angles of the canyon house roofing. To complicate it, the laminate installer glued the transitions right up to the wall edges. Cutouts are required in the moldings at those places or trim the transitions so the moldings fit flush. I've trimmed 2 transitions already so to change the moldings means lifting and replacing those transitions.

Every time I hire someone they do what they want, don't ask me, and take shortcuts that I don't find out about until later. A single older woman is almost always scammed in some way. Complaints don't go anywhere.

I checked on hiring a cleaner for the vacuuming and washing the floors. Because thee are so many vacation homes here, cleaners want more than the woman carpenter I found who can make the wall cupboard in my hall corner.

What a list! It will take time. Things seem to break faster than I can repair them.

I got 5 loads of laundry washed, partially dried, hung to finish drying and put away. I need to make my Breakfast muffins and I have My physio-exercise-yoga class on Zoom this morning.

It's bright and sunny. A good start to the day.

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Clearing off my desks is going to be rough for me. I still have a pile hidden under the lid on the roll top desk that I never dealt with. I cleaned and organized the drawers and then quit and closed the lid. I can't put that off much longer.



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Barb, when one lives alone it is important to have someone keeping an eye out. You always hear nightmare stories about someone living alone falling and no help coming. My mom had one of those things but where she lived got such poor cell phone service that it was not right for her and she had given up her land line. If you have a land line or live in good cell phone reception, then it might be worth it for you. I have considered getting one for my Dh with me working but now that my sister is living with us, I feel safer for his safety. Yes, Michael is doing well and wanting to go back to work but can't sit upright without considerable pain and still on pain meds and should not drive. I told his gf that if she had any problem with him listening to threaten to call me---LOL
Terri, glad you got so much cleaned up around the ranch I hope you can soon start working on where you will live there and be moved in before you have to leave the log house.
Been packing up my dining room this weekend. Just the desk area to pack up---that will go quickly. Just a couple of items on it that needs to be left out, the rest can just be dumped into boxes. LOL I will be glad when the ceiling is installed but then I have a lot of cleaning and reorganizing to do but can do that at my own pace.

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Some of us are at a stage in life that it's a good idea to have someone we check in with regularly. I have a very large family but can go weeks without seeing the son who practically lives next door--and we're really pretty close! We just don't overlap in life as much as we used to. I know that my mom has always cultivated friendships with neighbors and had daily communications with them, so she'd know if something was wrong and so would they. I don't do that, but I probably should. For now, Steve and I have each other and it doesn't feel like anything we need to worry about, but I know the time will come...

Barb, thanks for that link. I'm going to check it out before I destroy anything. I think the old decking sheltered the digger squirrel tunnels near the pool and they attract the snakes. My DIL is the one who has found the most near the pool. I found one the first months they were living on the ranch and that's when I decided to pull up the decaying decking. It wasn't safe to walk on anyway, so why allow the snakes to hide under it? I'm not afraid of them but don't like to be startled and, of course, we don't want the kids to encounter them unexpectedly.

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Aww, Cathy that so sweet of you. Thank you for your concern. I am going to address it. I have people in the building here that will check. I thought about the warning necklaces but they seem unreliable from peoplewho have subscribed. I will investigat it though.
Hurrah for Michael's successful sugery. Many thoughts and wishes for a quick recovery.

Terri, Seeing all that cleanup done and the burning of the piles is great progress. You certainly don't want rattlesnakes hinding out. My Mom hated snakes and of course it was her who would always find them. More than once she had close encounters. I read the Empty Nesters posts. This may help as guidance
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We stayed at the ranch overnight on Friday to care for the animals while the family went out of town to meet up with a pig breeder and buy their 4H project pigs for this season. I had intended to try to get the kitchen in order in the cabin, but it had rained during the night and was an ideal time to eliminate some burn piles for the year. We are at the end of the season for such things so it was good to take advantage of the wetness. We finished burning the rotten decking from around the pool and cut the brambles that have been having their way with things and burned them too. The pool area is looking rather bare right now, but it's clean and offer no hiding places for the rattlesnakes that DIL found there last year. We'll eventually pour some concrete in place of the wooden decking, but not for a while.

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Barb, hard to let things go as you might need it, but it always sounds like you are in limbo---the fall is just scary to us. I do worry about you living alone and falling again and not being able to get back up. I wish I could get rid of some of my clutter but my Dh is the biggest culprit. Around his chair is just atrocious and most things there are not ever touched that I observed. My dining room is about to be packed up---ceiling repair means everything must be out of it. I hope to downsize some of it while packing.
Terri, have fun at the ranch---hope not all work and no fun.
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Barb, I knew you weren't a hoarder. It's easy to forget that you've moved something, though, and then trip over it.

The ranch kids are going out of town to buy their 4H pigs, so we'll be farm-sitting tonight and until they get home tomorrow.

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To all, I am not a hoarder, lol. I like oranization and a nice clean clear space. Sometimes life interferes with that (smile). And I do like reusing and fixing stuff. Waste not, want not. I do get great satisfaction when I've fixed something and it is back in working order. I accidentally knocked a lamp (gift from my father) off the bedside table. Last week, I completely dismantled it and fixed the socket, wiring and harp. Now it is better than before. The fix may not happen immediately which for some people is clutter or hoarding. So many times I've fixed things with what was on hand.

Thanks Terri, the chiropractor did his magic. I have my regular appt next Fri. I slept well last night and am feeling much better with more energy. I hope all is going well with you. It's easy to feel overwhelmed but I know you are good at prioritizing.

Cathy, I hope your son's surgery went well and there is a good plan for his recovery. Best wishes to all. As if you needed anything else on your plate.
Thanks for the excuse for eating extra calories, lol. In the apartment I have much less space and less storage than I had in the townhouse. A larger 2nd bathroom, a separate laundry room, a large entrance hall and 2 less storage closets reduces the useable space. Also no garage, basement or large covered patio which makes a huge difference. What I gained was beautiful views all around, more privacy, a central location and less maintenance. Health orders required us to return to online exercise-therapy-yoga classes which means making space in my computer/office/living room each time. I have done major decluttering! Now it is mostly organizing and fixing stuff.
ps. dog s barking less. I think they may be training it or got a bark collar.

Thanks Chris. Glad you had a nice time out with friends.

I was awake at 5:30 am this morning. Am ready for a productive day!

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getting rid of things is hard, my mom is boarder line hoarder, growing up in the depression I do understand but when it starts to interfere with your life time to purge.....I still have a lot of stuff and I purge all the time!

hope your son has a successful surgery and he heals well.

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Barb, you just have too much stuff scattered around. You really do need to downsize a lot so you don't do that again. Ouch, it looks very painful and glad you were smart to not drive after it happened to get that part. Hope the chiropractor helped your neck and yes, of course you would be very sore and very tired. Listen to your body and rest like it needs. And forget those calories right now---when you are like that, you need those to help your body heal and to make you feel better emotionally. Do you have anyone who checks on regularly? I hope you do but if not, set that up. Living on your own, you need that.
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Oh Barb! You poor dear! I sure hope you heal quickly and don't have any chiropractic complications.

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Well, Mon was quite the day. Overall I was feeling positive and was ready to tackle the organiziing of financial papers. I moved the file box to make room for participating in my in my Zoom physio-exercise-yoga class. I had a poor sleep because the nose cushion for my CPAP head gear wore out so it was unuseable and was quite tired after. I put away my yoga equipment and did a check on my PC before turning to go to the kitchen to make lunch. I missed clearing the plastic storage box , tripping and landing like a ping pong ball hitting both knees, an elbow and smashing my right eyebrow on the hard floor, scraping the floor and snapping back. I felt the click in my neck. Ohhhh! This was bad. After bandaging the cut and putting the Cloverleaf flavoured tuna on a slice of tast, went to sit down to eat. Dropped the open faced tuna upside down on my keyboard. Fortunately it is a quite dry mix. Retrieved the toast and tuna by turning the keyboard upside down onto the plate. The next couple of hours were spent icing my forehead and eye.
I still needed the part for my CPAP apparatus. After phoning the office and making arrangements, a neighbour drove me to pick it up. I didn't want to take a chance on driving. I also phoned my chiropractor and left a message but it was almost closing.

Tue morning my chiropractor phoned with an appt for late Wed afternoon. Finally remembered to take Homeopathic Arnica pellets and use the Arnica cream during the day. Although the bruises were starting to show and lots of muscles were sore, I wasn't feeling shakey or disoriented so I was able to do the bit of shopping I missed on Mon. Now add bandages to the list. I am down to only 2 regular ones.

Wed I was able to do my Zoom physio-exercise-yoga class but took it easy. After lunch I slept 2 1/2 hr before going to my Chiropractor. I've had no energy. He said the body is using it all to heal. On Mon I should have portioned, packaged & frozen chicken cacciatore I had cooked Sat evening. I heated it again and managed to do that after dinner.

This morning, 3 days after the fall. The purple is already turning green. I think the arnica is helping.


Terri, it would have been a different matter if it had been cookies or chocolate! I got into both yesterday and ate 500 extra calories. Cathy, the table isn't large enough to hold it and 'Out of sight, out of mind', lol.

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Weather can't make up its mind here. Going to start off nice today, then a cold front moves into night and it will be cold for the next 2 days before it starts to warm up just a bit.

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Barb, I read your post from my phone so I was able to expand the photo and see the glasses a little easier. I guess it's a testimony to your self-discipline because if my glasses fell into a dish of my favorite candy, I would probably have found them a lot sooner!
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I had to really look to find them in there. So why is the candy dish on the floor? LOL Glad you finally found them. I plant my things so that others can also enjoy looking at them. Makes me mad that they don't understand that they are for everyone to enjoy and not to be stolen---just like we put up all the Christmas lights for everyone to enjoy seeing. I don't wish the lady next door evil but will be happy when she passes and the landlord can kick them all out next door.

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I'm glad others think the map is crazy. However it does mean I have great service with one rout a block from me, another 2 block and the one through town from lake to lake is 2 1/2 blocks. In the pamphlet each route, stops, times are listed individually. That combined with the overall map I can figure it out. But either alone is difficult.

I like dogs but hate the barking. Some people seem to be oblivious to it. The barking jangles my nerves and and sends my cortisol levels up. It was mostly quiet yesterday.

Cathy, that is terrible behaviour from the adult neighbours. I wonder if they put the kids up to it. I love narcissi. I was on an extremely tight budget with the mortgage and buying a house on my own. The garden was pathetic. One year bought narcissi bulbs and planted them by the front steps.The blooms started coming out and looked gorgeous. A day later I came home from work and found them all gone. I was heartbroken. That happened more than once over the years. People are so selfish and inconsiderate.

After 2 days MIA, I found my eyeglasses! They had fallen off the side table into the candy container on the floor. Landed straight up so they were completely camoflaged amongst sparkly Krinos candies. I think I only spotted them because I had my spare reading/computer glasses on and the lamp was directed down instead of it's normal up. Can you spot them? I tried recreating how they sat for a photo but I couldn't get them to sit upright they way they had been, falling in naturally.



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Terri, glad you got something planted and some things put away. Also glad that you recognize that not all people are dog people and yappy dogs are the worst. Not sure what is worst, bad neighbors or bad neighbors with yappy dogs. We caught 2 of their kids stealing my tulips yesterday---and they were sitting right there on the porch---keep an eye on your kids---geez! We were driving back home from dinner out when we say it happening----I blew my horn and told them as I pulled in to keep the kids on their yard and away from my flowers. The parent should have come out and apologized but of course they are too lazy to do that. I would have busted my kids and made them come with me to apologize if they had ever done that.
Chris, so your son is into gardening? Veggies? I wish my lawn looked as nice as yours---too many weeds in ours but since the neighbors don't take care of their lawns, it would just be a waste of our time to try and keep all the weeds our of ours as the seeds would just carry over to ours.
Barb, that map reminds me of the metro lines in DC. I always ask for help the few times I use that if want to go to the Smithsonian. Darn yappy dog! Sometimes the neighbors behind us have a dog barking when we go outside to do stuff back there, but at least I don't hear it at night--not always a pleasant sound but I guess it is warning them that someone is out and about.
I forgot to put my plants in my car last night but I hope it didn't get too cold for them---also 3 small tomato plants. Too early to get them in the ground yet as we still have that chance of frost for a couple more weeks.

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I too dont like yappy dogs.... we have a noise ordanance here.... i dont like to call the police but if to loud after 10 pm i will as i cant sleep...

That map does look crazy!

Got my steps in today grocery shopping! All the hauling to and fro now im tired!



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I can't stand yappy dogs! Ours bark at the neighbor's dogs when they come onto our property to do their business. I've talked to the neighbor about keeping his dogs on his own property, but we are so rural here that no one pens their dogs up. We don't have much traffic past our house and they only alert us if someone is actually driving up the driveway. I would definitely call the animal control if it's waking you up in the night and then barking during the day.

My inlaws rescued two terriers and they barked constantly at the squirrels that traversed the power lines above their yard. Their retired neighbor was furious and complained mightily and rudely that he couldn't even enjoy his own backyard, and they had to get bark collars for them to make them stop. They thought he was being unreasonable but I took his side and told them they had no right to disturb the peace in the neighborhood. Not everyone likes dogs in the first place and especially not yappy dogs!



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Terri, I'm glad you got something planted in the garden. I found the kitchen was the hardest to figure out where to put things. You're smarter than I was. I didn't adjust for the new environment since I was mostly on my own here. Family gatherings would only happen when someone came through town and then not more than 5. AIthough it didn't seem like you accomplished much, all of a sudden it will all come together.

Cathy, I found the same thing with the prices of potting soil. I hope it makes your beds good for a few years. Your garden must look amazing. I could have caught the bus back but I wanted to walk so I knew how long it takes. I'm not going back to the Dealership where I had my van serviced for the last 7 years. They have gone downhill and the people who are good have left. BCAA has been excellent. I never feel deceived or ripped off but they don't have a courtesy service. It's good to know the bus system anyways so I can walk one way and get the bus back. Traffic is crazy here in the summer since we are a tourist destination with the lakes, vineyards, wineries and much more. This is what I saw on the bus shelters. The routes, stops and directions are all overlapping. No wonder they didn't make sense.


I got no sleep Fri night. I was woken up by the neighbours dog barking at Midnight, 6 AM and every 2 hours all day. I would just get to sleep and he would be out barking again at anyone who walked by or the neighbour on the back lane who was changing over his tires. And that was with closed windows and doors. I can't deal with this all summer and open windows. If it continues, I'll have to call Bylaw which I'd rather not do.

Another beautiful day before it cools a little tomorrow. Have a great Sunday.
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oh believe me there are still a lot of rock underneath!!! I got the whole side of the house leveled out from the excess dead grass and dirt/gravel we dumped in there after it was taken out. now just to back fill with new dirt and sod my sun has dug up for his new garden plot in the field next to my garden..... then to finish the rest of the area/.

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I planted some seed potatoes that were sprouting yesterday. I didn't get them all planted and it wasn't much, but I got my hands in the dirt and that was gratifying.

We worked in and around the cabin most of the day yesterday but I didn't feel like I made much headway in my projects. I was putting shelf/drawer liner down and trying to visualize working in that kitchen so I could decide the best places to put things. I know I can move them around later, but I'd rather not have to. We'll go back out today and get some more done and see if I can empty a few more boxes.

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Terri, hope you get some garden time soon. Guess you wont' be doing any cooler weather crops this year but hopefully time to put in the others in a few weeks or so. When is your normal planting time there? Ours should be May 10 but I should be able to the beginning of May as my day lilies are already far ahead of schedule in their growth. My bed by my back door is going to be amazing this year with the amount of spread. I really do need to thin them out plus also fertilize them.
Chris, very nice---but you might have been left some of that stone there so it would drain well especially since you will be topping it with top soil for the grass. Looks just perfect for grandkids to use sidewalk chalk on, too. LOL
Barb, hope you find your glasses but it did amuse me. Glad you discovered a bit about the bus route and found that it took you by your home. Nice walk back for the car but you could have caught the bus again---LOL She did like the turtle necklace. It was made of colorful crystals and very pretty---plus on sale!
My son went and got my mulch and potting soil for me. Man, potting soil as gone way up---$15 for a big bag---last year it was $8. But with redoing that bed and it being a bit bigger, I had him get me 10 bags. I also need to add bags to the other beds after digging up the root balls. I told Dh that as much as I wanted to redo that front bed we will have to wait until next year as too late now. Although if I find those rose bushes I want to put there it might not be so bad as we will have to dig into it to plant them anyhow.

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Terri, glad you were able to work on something you like to do as well as it being useful. Good luck with the house sales. Hopefully you can focus on the cabin. You've done an amazing amount of work in the last couple of months.

Cathy did Reagann like her presents?

Chris, the sidewalk looks great. It is a lot of work sifting the rocks out. Don't overdue it. It sounds like youi've done an awfull lot and it hasn't been that long since you surgery.

Our warm weather arrived. I spent more than an hour sorting through summer shorts & capris and reserved jeans. 6 pr gone to thrift, 4 to reserve (just in case) and 3 I can still wear. No try-ons allowed at the thrift stores & others so I have to make do with what I have. Only the expensive stores hve change rooms open. I'm needing to add elastic to my pj bottoms and some other pants.

I took my van to BCAA (AAA) Auto Service Fri for removal of the winter tires, warranty replacement of the all seasons and some other work. The all seasons lasted 35000km instead of 120,000 km. Still a huge bill even with some recovery from the warranty. BCAA is next to our small Mall. I had 2 1/2 hrs to kill. In teh 17 years that I have lived here, I've never figured out the bus routes or schedules. I figured this was a good use of the time. After walking between the 3 bus shelters surrounding the parking lot each for different routes, a bus arrived at the first one so i checked it out. The driver gave me a pamplet which is what I wanted. Also if I just stayed on the bus, I would be back to the same spot in an hour. I couldn't get lost or stranded. It was the one that goes near my neighbourhood. Perfect! An old man who I had dfficulty understanding and a younger man told me the route as we went, pointed out landmarks which i drive past or to all thge time, the differences to the other routes nearby or intersecting. The last one was too much information to absorb. I got off at a stop a block from home, spent an hour there, then walked back to get my van. I wanted to time the walk. It was 30 min but felt much longer. Overall it was a a very productive use of time.

I was so tired that evening, I fell alsleep watching the news. I was going to read my book so my glasses were on my head. when i woke up, they were there and I still haven't found them. Oh no!!! I probably took them off and set them down soemthere but I haven't spotted them yet, lol. Am using a back up pair now but they pinch my nose.

It finally feels like Spring. Yaay!

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i had new concrete done in oct and it was just to cold and wet to get anything done. they did a good job but left a mess! here is the sidewalk/stoop area that had dirt after i leveled the area again. this is still what need to be done! the yard sloped some so they had to drop off the extra dirt in this area. it had a lot of gravel in it so we sifted that out an filled in some around the extension bot now it need leveling off and top soiled
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That necklace sounds super cute and I hope she likes it and that it has special meaning to her since you have that inside joke with her.

Chris, I'm jealous of your outside time and garden prep. My plate is too full with other responsibilities right now and I can't get out into the dirt for a while.

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Terri, that is why I am going to ask him before I get it repaired. If not maybe they will buy it--who knows on that part. Glad you got to do something not related to selling or moving.
Chris, did you mean loppers? LOL I know, I am ready for it to get warm enough to start planting.
I think the greenhouses at the high school will be sold out this weekend---2 weeks ahead of schedule. I can't stay long today as I have Reagann's birthday party at noon. One thing I got her was a turtle necklace---I am always teasing her that she is a turtle because when someone speaks to her she hides her face---like a turtle sticking his head in it's shell. I told her I was getting her one for her birthday so hope she likes it ---it is a cute necklace.
My grandmother's iris are blooming in my yard right now---makes me smile to see them.

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i got a lot of things off my to do list to get ready for the yard yesterday. picked up boards for the deck to replace some of the ones not doing so good, bought more millorganite for the garden, picked up new loopers as we killed the one I had over 20 years last summer. my son bought seeds for a garden he wants to plant. now for the weather to get just a little warmer



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It did feel good to do some normal things that weren't completely related to selling houses or moving. I cut out two flannel shirts but didn't start putting them together yet. I will iron on the fusible interfacing this morning before going to the coast to return the carpet stretcher and get groceries. I'm going to go through my closets one more time and see if I can find some more things to donate while in town.

I hope the old silver gives you enough to pay for your ring repair. Would Michael actually use the pocket watch if it worked? Steve used to have one that he used years ago. He didn't like having anything on his wrist. I don't know why I didn't replace it when it stopped working. Now he uses his phone.

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Good for you. Nice to feel like you are making progress.
Dh was having visitors yesterday so I had to clean off my desk---why do I pile stuff up on there? LOL And I shredded the pile growing on the shredder.
I had to take my wedding band in to get it fixed---it has come apart where it had been cut off my finger. This place also buys old silver and I have a bunch of old silver coins that my mom had saved that I am going to take in---they might as well pay for some of that work. Plus I have an old pocket watch that mom had saved---not sure if it was my grandfather or older so this place can date it and I can then ask Michael if he wants it and if he does I will see if it can be repaired. He is the only one that likes antiques.

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I ran all that stuff from the cabin through the dishwasher to get it good and clean and then let it air dry on the counter for a few hours to be sure it was nice and dry before matching the lids to the plastic containers. I had my entire dining room table covered with "matches" and was able to decide which ones I might be able to use and which should go into the donation box. I kept the Tupperware and some other good locking containers but got rid of all the rest as well as 2 trays of flatware and utensils.

Steve has gone to the coast to try to match the bathroom tile so he can replace the ones he had to cut out while doing the floor repairs, and he'll rent a carpet stretcher so he can get that reattached and everything put back together in that area. I opted to stay home to get some sewing done and try to find a few more things to get rid of. I'll have to return the carpet stretcher tomorrow and can make the donations and get groceries while he works on his projects here.

Progress is being made.

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Oh, I have seen some cute ideas to reuse colanders for other purposes. I have an old metal one but do like the new ones but why buy new when mine works just fine---LOL I do eventually throw out plastic but not until it has been used so many times or we lose the lids. I for one do not like tupperware or maybe it doesn't like me. I don't have much luck getting lids on those containers. I think the only tupperware I have is their saltine cracker container---that was the only thing I could work the lid on. LOL Plant prices have gone up because so many people started to garden during Covid.

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What a gift you gave that lady, Barb! We used to have a cassette from an old answering machine with Steve's grandmother's voice on a message. That would've been sweet to listen to again, but that machine is long gone now.

It's funny about saving things. Sometimes you do it until it drives you crazy and then end up tossing it all out just before you need it for something. Other times, people talk about going to the store to buy something and you say, "Oh, I have something that will work for that!" and pull it out of the cupboard. I saved the styrofoam trays that meat comes on and used them as trays for my seedlings. I saved the plastic boxes that salad greens come in and used them as mini greenhouse covers for the same seedlings. Eventually, they all go into the recycling bin, but not until I've used them at least once more. The white plastic tubs that come with sour cream or cottage cheese have been used for all kinds of things and are eventually cut into tabs that I use as labels for my seedlings. I think the key to saving things like that is to have an idea what you might use it for and then to actually USE it.

Gd just stopped by this morning and I had her look through the things I brought from the cabin and she took a colander, a Tupperware measuring bowl/pitcher and several kitchen gadgets--so things are already beginning to go away.

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I too am surprised by mature plant prices i have a jade plant that is about 25 years old and i saw a way smaller one than i have and they wanted 100 dollars for it! Im like wowhttps://photos.app.goo.gl/kv3DyGy2XaHt5
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We collect things for years never thinking about how long it will take to declutter or purge and the waste. Plastics is what I am trying to organize now. I use 2 to 4 every day. Cathy you are right about not having the right size when we need it. Some have been used so much they are giving up the ghost but I am not buying more. And Terri, yes, Tupperwear is sooo expensive , even more than when I bought some 40 years ago. I am still using them. I have so much little stuff from travels. It's a shame about having to throw out furniture. Here they sometimes put it out on the curb or in the alley and it disappears. I understand how you couldn't do that.
(You posted while I was was writing this. I'm anal too about reusing and repurposing.

Chris, you wouldn't believe how much mature plants are selling for here. I am shocked by the prices. When I left Vancouver (more than 20 years ago now) I gave away my 25 yo 7 ft False Aralia. I had grown it from a 2 1/2 potted plan. My friend killed it withiin months.
My older sister sent me a couple of videos of her 10 yo grandson testing cello strings in his father's shop. He sure has improved and grown since I last saw him (3 years ago or more now). He did great! I was surprised I could tell the difference because I don't have a good ear for that.

Terri, I'm glad you are at the stage that you can actually put stuff in the cabin. That is another milestone.

From 25 overnight to over 70 in two days. A whacky season. I hope to make another batch of Breakfast muffins today. I'm not getting hungry as soon as with past breakfast routines. Also need to start some planters or clear the electronic devices, tapes etc in my LR. They got pulled out for organizing but never got put away.

I spent one afternoon helping out a woman who requested a cassette player to listen to tapes that might have her grandfather's voice on them. It takes time to find stuff, test, messaging and meeting up etc. We used my building's meeting room so we had lots of space apart. The tapes seemed to be from the 70's answering machine that recorded the conversations when the phone wasn't picked up before recording message kicked in. Luckily they hadn't been erarsed because she sure treasured them.

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My mom has the same attitude about things... she is boarderline hoarder..... she never uses some things and saves everything plastic that she might be able to use! She drives me crazy, she grew up in Germany during the depression and wwII. She is 87 years old..



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Most of my family think I have a mental disorder because I am somewhat anal about reusing, repurposing and recycling and I very rarely just toss anything that is still useful. I don't hoard things (I don't think) but why throw out something that just needs to be washed? I raised my kids on hand-me-downs and we almost never buy any big-ticket item new.

I have all the cabin stuff washed and dry now. I'm matching all the plastic lids to their containers and will see what--if anything--I think I might be able to use. The Tupperware might find it's way back to the cabin since it's such good quality and seals tightly. Flatware and extra gadgets and utensils will go to the thrift store.

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Why do we all end up with lots of the plastic storage but when we need something, we don't have one that will work---LOL?
Terri, that is a shame about some of the furniture but a lot of people are starting to learn to downsize a bit. Glad you can soon start putting some things away in the ranch cabin.
Chris, it does feel good!

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Purging things feels good...... there are a few Goodwill shops in the area, so that is not an issue here... also offer up is a good place to put things on line, either for free or a price. I got rid of a HUGE ficus tree that was about 20 years old and i just got tired of transporting it in and out of the house each year from it vacation on the portch... some guy happily took it off my hands .

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Cathy, that's what I hope to do with a lot of it. I tried to do that while at the canyon house but none of the thrift stores were taking donations! I suspect that's because it's a more populated and prosperous area and very close to shopping. Or maybe it's because so many people are working from home and have time to clean and purge their garages and attics of extra things, so that all the thrift stores have been inundated. I really can't say. All I know is that I had to toss some furniture that would've been nice for someone. We couldn't leave it and didn't have room to bring it. It made me think of the westward migration and people who came by covered wagon. You really have to prioritize things!

In addition to all my stuff, there were still things in some of the kitchen drawers and cupboards in the cabin at the ranch! I don't know how I missed that before, but there was a lot of flatware, utensils and various plastic storage containers. Some cheap Sterilite and Rubbermaid, but also lots of Tupperware--and that's NOT cheap! I brought it all home and ran it through the dishwasher to get it good and clean and will save what I can use and donate the rest. I need to get some shelf liners to put in the drawers and cupboards and then I'll start finding places to put MY things.

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Terri, you just need to donate all that stuff as you haven't needed it at the main house and you sure don't need more for the ranch. I don't know how you do half the stuff you do. The stress would be too much for me. Right now I have to stress about getting the dining room ceiling done and move the stuff out of here for that----which means packing as there is a lot of breakables in this room. And no spare room to put them until it is done.
Barb, nice memories, good soup, good going.
Chris, still too early to plant here, too, but if people don't buy early at the school greenhouses then they don't get them as everything is usually sold out by Mother's day. I finished breaking up the soil in the middle veggie raised bed---removing root balls is hard work. But I won't plant for at least 2 more weeks and probably 3 to 4 weeks more likely.
Getting our grass cut today--maybe the rest of the neighborhood will get theirs done, too. I noticed that everyone needed to mow when I went out to get subs for our dinner yesterday---too warm to cook inside.

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i just want to get into my garden and start cleaning. weather has been cold and rainy. I also know that doing this right now is NOT a good idea as our last frost date is May 15 and taking all the debris out of the garden is still to early! Been enjoying the bulbs that are blooming tho



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Terri, now is when you really appreciate the hard work in preserving and making all those things you did. It will be a big relief when it is sold. The travel time and distance was adding a lot more stress. As I was taking time out to read, I thought about you and wondered when you will get a chance to do that again and take some time for yourself. I remember all to well of when my life was only 'Have To Do's.

Cathy, I'm glad you got to work in the greenhouses. A counterpoint to the stress of everything else you have been dealing with.
I am so thankful that I am retired. At least I don't have that pressure.

I have a new list of books I want to read after listening to the weekend morning progam on CBC North by Northwest. wonderful host Sheryl Mackay is so easy to listen to, very intelligent with many interests in the arts etc.

Yesterday morning I started writing a reply to the email my older sister sent me. It was FIVE hours later that I sent it, getting sidetracked in taking photos from the Oregon coast album, the new jacket and sorting out cameras and 2 years worth of photos on SD cards one of which the photos were damaged.

Reading about your soups inspired me to finally get mine made bvefore I went to my Chiropractor's appt on Fri. I used all the bits and pieces and the older vegetables. "Quinoa Chicken Vegetable Soup with fennel" (and onion, celery, carrots, peas, zucchini, vegetable stock and the drained liquid from the refried beans). It is really tasty. It made 9 meal sized healthy low sodium soups. Six are packaged and ready for the freezer as soon as I label them. The soups I made in Jan and Feb have been sustaining me since then. This one adds some variety.

This is the last I will say on my Gortex jackets. Photos from the 1987 trip down the Oregon Coast, with my Mom on Mother's Day at Granville a few weeks later and one of the new jacket. That camping trip in the 13 ft trailer was so wonderful. It seemed like new kinds of flowers and trees bloomed for us as we travelled down the coast.
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Barb, it's sad that your neighbor lost her independence and her apartment but it probably is for the best that she was with friends when all this mess started. Except that not being able to be in her own place, among her own things may have been more detrimental to her mental health. I don't blame you for walking away from the daughter. There is too much mis- (or DIS-) information circulating these days related to the virus, variants and vaccines, creating fear and mistrust that is keeping people on edge.

Chris, I would've liked that soup! I love brussels sprouts and all related veggies (cabbage, cauliflower, kale, etc) We've been enjoying the Italian soup base that I canned last summer. It's full of tomatoes, garlic, zucchini, onions, and some of it even has some spicy Italian sausage in it. All I have to add is some chicken broth and pasta--preferably raviolis if I have them. It's been super handy and hearty this winter while we've been so busy and I didn't have the energy or inspiration to put a meal together.

We got home last night with a full pickup and trailer, too tired to deal with unloading it. We just brought our travel bags in, said hello to the dogs, checked in with everyone we needed to so they'd know we made it home safely and went to bed. The canyon house is empty of all our personal things and will hit the market next week. I have to admit to fighting some tears as I did the last walk-through. That house was our first home 47 years ago, built by my prince, land cleared by hand, 3rd child born at home there--lots and lots of memories--but it was time to say goodbye at last. I'm not sad to sell it. Just a little melancholy and nostalgic. In truth, we only lived in it the first 8 years of our marriage and then 3 more recently, as we did the repairs. The rest of the time, it was rented.

Now we have to figure out what to do with all the stuff we brought home! Yikes! It seems that no matter how much I purge, I still collect furniture~

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Chris, glad it turned out well.
It was a long day at work with me being the only person working in the room. But I had the chance to teach the kids that were there so I enjoyed that. Going to help out in the school greenhouses today.

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I love brussel sprouts and since there were not that many roasted ones to begin with they just kinda dissolved into the soup any way... It was delish!



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Chris, hope you didn't ruin the soup with the brussel sprouts. They are such a strong flavor and smell--yuck! But I have never been a fan of that kind of soup or the sprouts---LOL
Barb, glad you like the jacket and were able to reattach the velcro. It might have been for the best for the neighbor to be with family when all this happened. And is she really able to be by herself if a similar lock down occured again? Up in your areas they seem to be going back into lock down a lot.
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I need to make soup. You are all making me hungry.

I was sore from my exercise class. I really worked at stretching my hip muscles. We did a lot of core work too so those a feeling it as well. But the good kind of aches. My physiotherapy appt was today and my chiropractor appt is tomorrow so i try to gat as much done as possible before them as I sure don't get anythintg done afterwards. Recovery time.
My Physiotherapist's kids chores are to care for the family's flock of chickens and sell the organic eggs as their lessons on learning about business, finances, responsibilities and farming. There are 4 of them under 8 yo. I was going to get a doz today but the chickens are molting, lol.

From the weather reports, I won't be able to transplant my seedlings for almost another week. It still freezes overnight. We had some hail today. Tonight the newscast reported rain for Mar was only 2.1 mm and the normal is more than 21 mm.

I sure am happy with the VV Gortex Jacket I was gifted. I'm guessing she wasn't happy with it b/c her hand woven wool scarves would catch on the velcro loops and without the velcro, the jacket doesn't close properly or look nice. I wore it last night and it's perfect, looks almost like new and my favourite colour, blue. I found a photo of me wearing my old one which I had bought for an April camping trip from Vancouver down the Oregon Coast and as far as San Francisco. The photo was dated 1987. I haven't worn the coat for more than 10 years. It's not too bad looking but has a cut like tear on a front pocket that I didn't know how to fix.

My 98 yo neighbour across the hall has been gone for more than a year now. She went for a short visit and got stuck back east when Covid was identified. broke out. I saw the daughter briefty today. she has some strange ideas and her story changes to what is convenient at the time. She tried telling me 45 people died from the VACCINE where her Mom is staying. I had to leave. They might be selling the unit but her Mom still wants and expects to come back.

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after eating ham leftovers for 3 days time to make navy bean soup! I presoaked the beans last night and this morning sauteed the garlic and onions cut the rest of the ham up into cubes and put it all in the pot. I also had leftover roasted tiny potatoes, brussel sprouts and carrots, they also got added in,saved me pealing and dicing carrots and potatoes again.... the brussel sprouts will be interesting. on the stove simmering as we speak.

i also did some weeding yesterday coming back fro getting the mail, the ground was very dry under the pine tree so I got a lot of roots up, Yea!



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i JUST had some for my lunch here at school. It was so good..
Pulled some weeds yesterday on my way up front with the trash can. Then spotted the tulips blooming in the front garden---2 purple and one yellow. Waiting to see what colors show up next.

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Turkey soup sounds really good right now. I wish I had some!

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I finally packaged up and used the turkey broth to make soup on Monday so I think I am finally finished cleaning up from my Easter meal---LOL It does sound like we all had a nice one.
Barb, normal to have the sore arm---glad you got one. We could have gotten one for Dh on Saturday if I could have gotten him out of the house safely but didn't know how I would get him in to the site for the shot as he is not to walk on the foot and he cannot get around unless he puts some pressure on the foot. So all we are going to do is doctor appointments and hope he is not doing damage by what weight he is putting on it. Hope you were not too sore from the exercise class.
I did pull a few weeds but really do need to do more---but that is something I have to do in stages anyhow---not good to be bending over for long periods of time. The knees hate me if I do.

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4/6/21 11:41 P

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Sounds like everyone had a nice Easter.

Terri, nice that you tookt he timeout to sew the dresses. It's a nice sense of accomplishment and I'm sure they loved to receive them.

Cathy, I hope you are coping with dh. Too bad you didn't get to the greenhouses or be able to work on lyour gardens.

I had my covid vaccine Sat morn. Had a very sore arm Sat and Sun and feeling tired but was fine by yesterday.

It is still too cold at night to put anything outside although I have been putting the seedlings out during the day. I washed the bins that were free and some will be made into planters. The winds have been too viscious to work on the balcony.

I made another batch of the breakfast muffins, developing the recipe to my needs. The last batch were over baked as I caught on a phone call when they were ready to take out of the oven. These are much better but I still want to tweek them a little.

Yesterday and today I worked on sewing velcro fasteners back on to my Gortex jacket. The person who gave it to me had taken them off. The felt ones were easy enough to sew witht eh machine but the loop sides had to be hand sewn through only the top layer of fabric. What a pain. The jacket is a favourite brand and style. A couple of years ago I saw her wearing it at Guild and exclaimed I loved that one. Mine is worn out. She had found it at Value Village. The next year she gave it to me with the removed velcro fasteners. It had a two way zipper too but the front doesn't sit properly w/o the velcro sewn on.
I'm pleased I have it finished now.

My exercise class is tomorrow on Zoom after a week off. I will be feeling it I think.

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