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3/17/21 10:47 P

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Terri, I am so sorry about your Aunt D. It is good that she was not alone. I think you need to call in the troops for help. I'm not going to ask a bunch of questions b/c you have too much on your plate to be taking time to answer them. I peeked at the other team to catch up. Prayers to all of you.
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Cathy. When he dropped the beam on his foot, did they not think to go to ER? He's going to be out of commision for awhile I expect. Hang in there. I hope you had a good time at your Red Hats.

I tried a new recipe today, the one I've been meaning to make for weeks. It's ok, nutritious, low calorie and not really sweet. A good snack food. Better than me eating crackers or cookies. I expect I'll make it agaain.

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So much to do that I don't know where to start. Our Aunt D passed away yesterday--rather suddenly, although we all knew she was seriously ill and would likely not be leaving the hospital. Our daughter was with her and they had been chatting. There was a pause in the conversation, she closed her eyes and was gone.

We are the executors of her estate, such as it is, so now I have to deal with all the details and legal things that have to be done and I am not sure where to start. Then we'll have to clean out her apartment and distribute memorabilia, etc.

I am sorry to hear how bad Howard's foot is, Cathy. Now I'm worried about him too.

Barb, I'm glad you met the lady with the chop saw and hope you've found a new friend. I hope you're able to collaborate on lots of your projects and get them done.

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Oh Cathy, that is terrible! I'm so sorry. Enjoy your evening. You definitely need some fun.
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It was the brand of crust - a lot of palm oil (ethically sourced). I have my physio-exercise class this morning and it is another day of brilliant sunshine althought the temperatures are still at freezing right now.

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Terri good use for that room until you get to tearing it down plus clean out the basement to use properly. Does clean out mean there is still some of that guy's junk down there or just needs a really good cleaning and check before you use it?
Barb, sometimes convenience provides a good product and other times not worth it. Sorry that crust doesn't work---but maybe the oven was too high or rack too low? Nice that you might have found someone to do the final work on some of those projects.
Dh's foot was even worse than we thought---he broke the 2 toes --the big toe in 2 places and one of them is a partial crush of the side of the joint which might require surgery. But nothing can be done until the open wound heals---and he said it was pretty gross when they debried it. I can see his toe next to the big one now as it is in a sturdier boot---and it looks horrible to me. He can't get his foot wet at all. If is starts to swell or redness increases he has to go right back. Right now he has another appointment next Monday.
Thankfully I have a Red Hat dinner and cards to attend tonight---I need something fun in my life right now.

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Terri, I agree that an electric vehicle would not be a good option for you. Driving distances and prices always held me back but the tide is turning and it is the future now finally. A friend has a hybrid and loves it.
You deserve a cute pair of pj's for yourself! I hope you can find time for it.There'll be lots of moving and shifting, finding temporary homes etc. Sounds like a good solution for your canned foods. And that is why we save that stuff, isn't it, lol.

The frozen gluten free pie crust is one I bought last year and discovered it cooks way darker than my own. Baking gluten free has a lot of challenges, recipes are never consistent and it's 2 - 3 times the work so buying a crust was handy. I won't buy this brand again. On the left is the chicken and asparagus quiche I made last June using the same crust. On the right are tarts from a crust I made. This crust wasn't worth the calories. My tarts are though!


Cathy, how is DH? Glad you had fun today.

I love the evening sun the last couple of nights. Timing was perfect for it to stream in through my balcony glass door and kitchen window. I went for a walk and encountered a woman using a chop saw and renovating something that looked like a a modified seacan. I stopped and admired her work and the chop saw. We talked. She's gone to trade school and has her own company. Charges reasonable rates. I will contact her about helping me finishe all these projects I have. Now I have incentive to get this place cleaned up and stuff organized so I can get on to all these jobs that need doing.

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Oh dear, Cathy! I didn't realize he'd crunched his foot that badly! He has to be careful about injuries but even more careful after he's had one to make sure he heals properly! Diabetes is nothing to mess with!

Barb, I'm so rural that I doubt an electric car would be practical for me. We travel a long way to get anywhere. I'm glad your quiche was enjoyable, if too brown in the crust. How will you fix that problem? Now you have me hungry for quiche! Might have to make one soon.

I got the walls and floor of the living room vacuumed yesterday and Steve set up one bank of metal shelves that he took from the basement here at the log house. He set it up in the small bedroom that will eventually be demolished and rebuilt, but it's a good place for the time being. I need a place to put my canned foods where the temperature isn't going to fluctuate much. They can't go in my storage box and Sarah doesn't have room in her house. It will be a while before that room comes down, so the canning will be good there. After that, we may have the basement cleaned out under the house and be able to set up shelves in there.

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Barb, I wish the whole country would just settle on one time period---They do say there are more car crashes at this time change---wonder if it caused the airplane accident? I have lots of hats because of being a Red Hat lady. But I also have several green ones as the high school I worked at for so long made a big deal of St. Patrick's day---our colors were green and white and we called it St, Parkside Day. It was fun. Today is green day since tomorrow is asynchronous for the kids and the staff. Thursday is flower power day---easy day for me, too.
Terri, hope you got more things moved.
Dh didn't make it to the doctor yesterday---has an appointment today. I told him I would not be surprised if he was put in the hospital---hope not but if it needs it, rather them change the bandages and not me---LOL

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Missed that about a different hat for each class, lol. Costumes aren't my thing. If I am careful with the lamp shade it will last for awhile longer. I think hot incandenscent bulbs made it age more but the LED's put out a fraction of the heat. I don't need any more projects, lol

Terri, smart planning on the car account. Now that I'm retired, a new vehicle comes out of my retirement savings which makes a big bump downward. I hope I don't need one for awhile. When electric cars come down in price and we have the ability to charge them in my bldg, I will think about it. When I wals in my 20's I thought we would have electric cars by year 2000. It is disappointing.

Window 10 did a big update and now I am logged out of several sites and my Adobe Acrobat reader had to be reinstalled. such a pain

I have so much more energy after that day of rest yesterday. I finished making the quiche. The gf pastry when cooked is too brown and probably has too much fat in it. My filling looks great though. Had some for lunch and then more for dinner.

I got a bag of sawdust from the Building suppy store. My chives and lettuce are couming up like crazy. I started more parsley because I didn't think they were going to sprout but then I read that they take a long time. So I have to be patient.

A beautiful day and light into the evening. Love it!

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Have fun with the hats, Cathy! Pajama day was always my favorite, but I'd have to make myself some new cute pajamas right now. My flannel gown is getting threadbare and will be retired after this winter.

Steve worked on my car yesterday because it had gotten locked in 4WD and he thinks he has it fixed. He doesn't like my car but I don't mind it. It's comfortable for me and holds a lot of cargo with the 3rd seat removed. It's not the same as the little truck I had before but it will do until my next vehicle. We've been making "car payments" into a sub-account at our credit union for quite a while now so that we'll have a chunk saved when the time comes.

Today, we're taking that old carpet from the cabin to the dump and then will go back out and work some more.

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I didn't notice both of you posted yesterday before my post which I had started writing in the morning. We're ready to change to permanent DLS once the western US south of us does it. The legislation which is under Provincial jurisdiction has been passed after a more than 80% approval by our residents. CA, OR & WA Do it before Oct, please! Actually they can't w/o Federal aprroval from what I remember. And one of the few times, I changed my clocks before I went to bed.

Cathy, so good that your son was able to move the dirt for you and get the other things done. Oh, to be young again, lol.

Terri, Every project I have ever had, I had to leave th last bit undone because of circumstances. How exciting to be planning and thinking of moving into the cabin. Good luck witht eh Inspection scheduling. It seems that is key right now for the Canyon house.

I'm leaving the computer and getting stuff done today! My physio-exercise is cancelled. Besides the never ending cleanup, I need to cook the veggies I bought last week and make an asparagus quiche (with extras) since I have everything needed including a gluten free pastry crust in the freezer. Looking forward to some nice lunches.

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Terri, I wish they would leave the time alone but glad we reminded you of it. You would have been late to everything. LOL Hope the contractor calls and sets up that appointment soon. Yuck to staple removal.
Barb, You will have to look for ideas on how to redo the lamp shade. There are some neat ideas on that. Might try Pinterest for ideas.
Michael fixed the door frame, rehung the door but had to shave a bit off the corner but it shuts and latches nicely now. Then he reset the timer on the front porch---Dh has trouble with that one. And he put the dirt into the raised bed for us. Didn't take him long to do that either.
Crazy hat or hair day at school today---taking several hats with me and going to have a different one on for each class period---LOL

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Cathy, The worst of them not listening is that we have to deal with the consequences. I am sorry that happened to your DH though. That is bad especially since he has diabetes. Shovelling the dirt would destroy your hips with the lifting, twisting and turn motions. So glad you are being smart about it. I hope you had help this weekend.

Terri, Woohoo on completing oiling the logs. Hope you had a productive weekend at the cabin too. I used to subscribe to the magazine Mother Earth News. There was lots of information on homesteading in it. I hope you find a way of cleaning the logs and still keep the look of the handhewn work. A lot of dirt collects over a 100 years. I'm sure you'' find a solution.

I finally took my large hand thrown pottery lamp and it's 45 year old shade to Walmart on Friday, trying to find a replacement shade.The ones I had seen there didn't work when I tried them with the lamp. I've been looking for a long time, checking online and with lamp shops. The shade is taped inside in places where it had cracked. I guess I keep the old one. At least the tape and cracks don't show from the outside.

A super lazy day today. With the time change and the high winds, I spent most of the day reading. I'm going to have to make up for it tomorrow.

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I did NOT remember to change my clocks, so it's a good thing I came on here this morning! The computer was right, of course; however, my watch wouldn't automatically change itself. Nor would the microwave, which is my kitchen clock. Steve uses his cell phone for a watch, so he'd be alright.

I hauled out the carpet and padding while Steve worked on pulling staples out of the floor where the carpet had been fastened down. Then I went behind him with the shop vac and tried to clean up the staples. We ended up quitting before the job was done as it was getting late and Sarah said the soup was ready for dinner. There will be things that we'll want to remodel all over the house, but we are getting a feel for it as we do this work. Tomorrow we'll call the engineer in Placerville to let them know that he's here at this number and that he'll need at least 24 hours notice for the inspection. Since they'll be calling to set up an appointment, we should be able schedule it with some room for comfort.

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Terri, good idea not to do that--oops to the carpeting and padding still being in there. Did you get anything done out there after you moved out the carpeting? The thing is I hired someone so he wouldn't hurt himself---honestly! I think Michael is ticked about him not asking for help or waiting until he could help---but we do hate to ask him to help us so much since he has projects he wants to do at his new home.
Actually, today Michael is coming over today to replace part of the door frame and get the door rehung on the spare room before my sister comes. So I hope he has time to put some of the dirt into the raised bed for us, too. I know he thinks we overdo that stuff, but it gives us something to do outside and gets Dh out of the house more which is important.
Did you all remember to Spring forward with your clocks? I handle this time change much better than the Fall one.

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Oh Cathy, I was afraid he was going to get hurt on that project! I hope the quick medical attention prevents any serious problems with healing. No, you probably shouldn't try to do the shoveling yourself. I'm enjoying the daffodils too.

Barb, your seedlings ought to be okay, even if you have to keep them indoors for a while. Just be sure to harden them off gradually when you do put them outside.

We've decided not to sand the logs in the cabin because they were hand hewn. I guess I hadn't realized that, but of course they would be. The cabin is over 100 years old. So, we will clean them up the best we can and proceed with doing the floor. I found that the carpet and padding was still piled in the middle of the cabin from when Steve pulled it up, so that will be loaded into his truck today (we took my car out yesterday, so couldn't do it) and he'll take it to the dump tomorrow or Monday. It's the last of our big clean up (so far) There will be more once remodeling begins, but this will enable us to make it workable for us in the meantime.

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Barb, you are so right, men don't listen---even Terri's Steve has to be tricked sometimes into doing things. LOL Like the oiling--heehee. Hope you enjoy your pancakes and that the seeds do well.
Terri, hope you get lots done in the cabin today. Glad the oiling is about done at the main house and hope those inspections go well.
Well, I came home to a very nice raised bed---but no dirt in it. When I went inside I found out why. Someone very talented dropped his end of a heavy board on his foot and smushed 2 of his toes----he said I would not like to see them---so off we went to the walk in clinic near our home. 2+ hours later, he was done---at least not broken but has blisters already---he is diabetic--so he needs to see his foot doctor next week and on antibiotics---and needs to stay off of it as much as possible. I am hoping our youngest son who is coming over on Sunday afternoon to fix the door frame and rehang the spare room door will shovel the dirt in there for us. I could try but not supposed to be lifting anything.
OH, hips feel so much better---and yesterday was such a long day with the child. Makes me really appreciate the one-on-one even more.
We have lots of daffodils and crocus in bloom around the city. I have enjoyed driving to work and seeing all of them.

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Gs Ben got here at about 6:45 last evening and I was oiling logs in my bedroom. I got him set up with gloves, sponge and oil and showed him how I wanted it done and he got started. Then, about 90 minutes later, Steve got home and jumped in with us. Ben was able to use the 2-step stool and Steve went and got a ladder for the open beams in the kitchen and we got it nearly done before we quit at about 10:30 pm. Ben is finishing the last of the kitchen right now and then we're going to take a load of stuff out to the ranch and do some cleaning in the cabin.

I told Steve that I like the way the oil looks on these logs so might want to oil the log walls in the cabin at the ranch before we move in. He suggested running a sander over them to remove the oxidization because it will brighten them and thus the room. So, since we still have Benjamin "on the payroll" we're going to have him start sanding the logs in the cabin for me and Steve will work on getting all the carpet tacks out of the floor while I clean in the kitchen and maybe start seeing where I can put some things.

It's going to be a good weekend!

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Terri, it was the gas fireplace and yes I did. Taxes not due until Apr 30th and no penalties for late returns IF they owe me a refund. When I did my first run through, not all my T stmts (Like your W's) had been submitted so it was not of much use.
You will feel a huge relief when you finish sealing the logs. Those "must do's" are killers but so satisfying when you can cross them off your lists. When everything is settled, it will all seem a blur but relief too. Your lists are so important to keeping track and having a sense of accomplishment. Glad you are getting help.

Cathy, men just don't listen do they. Hope he is feeling better soon. Good idea about calling in help. Our news recently reported on the high cost of lumber due to the demand, people renovations and mostly due to rebuilding after the last couple of years fires and floods. I hope the shots helped. Also sounds like an awful time at work. You have my sympathy.

My compost is far too wet. I added cut up newspaper and some poor soil that needs fixing. Still too cold to leave it outside except for an hour or two in the afternoon (need it to compost fast, like in a 1/3 of the time).

I was fooled by a couple of days of nice weather. I started my seeds but I think it is too early. They sprouted way faster than I expected. The lettuce in 2 days afte being on wet paper towels. Wed I transplanted them into seedling containers ( my hacks for apartment living). I don't know whre I'll put all the plants on my 8' x 8' balcony that already has a kitchen cart, patio table and chairs, chest of drawers for storage and the chop saw. I also get high winds on the 3rd floor and intnse heat. It takes a lot of management. Tomatoes haven't been worth it here but I might get one cherry tomato plant and see how it goes sinc I won't be travelling this year.



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Got to hurry and get ready for my physio-exercise class. Not sure if I'll do it by zoom or in class. I guess it'll depend on whether I get the vacuuming done in time, lol.

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Glad the GS can do those upper logs for you. Woohoo to a good amount accomplished. Hope your plans work out for taking bins and cleaning so you can start moving some furniture to the cabin.
Dh didn't get very far on the raised bed yesterday---he overdid the other 2 days---I told him to not do so much---but we all know how they do not listen to us. So i called our friend that helps us out on projects and he is coming over today so I expect it will be all put together when I get home today.
Weather won't be as warm after today---oh, well, it was a nice touch of spring weather while it lasted---too early for it to stay that warm.

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I did make a healthy dent in the list yesterday but didn't get everything crossed off. That's okay because I'll just continue the leftovers to my new list for today. I never left the house yesterday and really need to get to the post office today. Gs Ben is coming to help oil the high logs that I can't reach, so we should be able to finish this job by the end of tomorrow. Then on Saturday I'll take him home and take a load of bins out to my storage box and maybe spend some time in the cabin doing some cleaning there so I can think about moving some pieces of furniture out.


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I hope you got lots checked off your list, Terri. So many things to be done when planning on moving and getting rid of and packing stuff up.
Dh got the bed down---it collapsed on him when getting the last dirt out---luckily just on his foot and didn't hurt him---but it surprised him quite a bit. That happened when I was gone to get my shots in my hips. We went shopping after I got home to get the materials for the new bed---man, lumber prices are sky high nowadays---I think about $20 more a board from what I remember. He leveled off the area when we got home. Then he cooked burgers and chicken on the grill for our dinner. I had to rest when we got back---shouldn't have done as much after the shots.
It was so nice yesterday that I washed all my throw rugs and hung them out to dry yesterday---so I also swept the floors where they had been. And did a load of my laundry. But I didn't get to clean out my car or take anything to the donation place. Maybe something today if I have time---going to be a rough day at work with the one-on-one not there and we are taking Reagann out for dinner tonight---which I will probably really need that after the day I will have.

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Yay for garden progress, Cathy! Enjoy your sunshine while it lasts. It's nice here today but has been really cold the past few days--even had some snow at the higher elevations.

Barb, I was going to say the same as Cathy about the chicken poop. It shouldn't be any problem at all, but especially not if you aren't growing any root veggies. Did you get your taxes done and your furnace working again? Good idea to use those larger containers for your balcony garden. You should be able to get a decent harvest that way. I agree about the regular containers being too shallow for most things.

I was to watch my little great-grandbaby, Sadie this morning while her mama went to a Dr. appt. but it turned out that her daddy is working from home today, so he's keeping her. I've been working off a list today because at the end of yesterday, I couldn't think of anything I'd accomplished. That's another helpful thing about a list--it keeps you on task but it also leaves a record of what you crossed off. I really need that lately. There are so many "Must Do's" and they are ALL a priority so it's hard to know where to start sometimes. Having a list really does help me.



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Terri, that's the fun part---dreaming of what you want it to look like---hope it works out the way you plan. Doesn't sound like you will be able to have any inside visitors for a while when you move---LOL
Barb, how scary on the fire alert, but at least you know it works. Glad you figured out what to plant them in without costing you extra money and that you found the other items at a low cost. You do not need to worry about salmonella from the chicken poop. Around here, that is used all over the fields here----our local "perfume"---not pleasant but a good use of the by product from all the chickens grown around here.
Dh started on dismantling the raised bed---the trellis were moved and put on other beds when I got home and he had started digging out the dirt---the roots are being tossed and some of the dirt will be used for the base of the new bed. Hope to go get the materials for it today after I get my shots in my hips at noon today. The weather is delightful this week---just a teaser as it will be back to more normal temps next week after rain on Friday evening.

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Three cheers for warmer weather! It's so nice that you can start on your beds. Yes, great progress Terri.

I'm not in the school system or have kids/grandkids so I am not going to comment on that part but I do agree with you about the dumbing down. It seems a lot depends on the particular area and school boards.

My Sunday went haywire when I was awoken by the smoke alarm. At first I was confused by it but jumped out of bed and went searching for the source. I always set the timer if I set a pot on the stove but this time I didn't and should have. I fell back asleep and it boiled dry. I was surprised and reassured by the sensitivity of the smoke alarm. Lesson learned and no damage to the pot but not a pleasant way to wake up from a deep sleep.
then:
My apt was exceptionally cool. I discovered the gas fireplace was off. this is my main source of heat (gas included in my monthly fees). It wouldn't turn back on. A red light on the receiver was flashing. So find the manual. Went through it but nothing on the red flashing light. I suspected it needed new batteries and that was the problems. Notes made in the manual.

I've been racking my brain for solutions to more planters on my balcony. I don't want to spend a lot of money on planters and most are too shallow anyways. I remembered the free freezer & storage baskets I picked up a few months ago that I still sitting in my van. I have plastic I can line them with. They are deeper than many planters. Step one: They are now in my hall instead of the van.

I got my first batch of Buttermilk-blueberry-buckwheat pancakes for the next weeks breakfasts made. The buttermilk is expiring.

Well that's some of Sunday.

Yesterday was better but far too busy. I had an appt at the bank at 9:30, then home to make the 2nd batch of pancakes, then almost late for my physio-exercise class, home for lunch, a nap and then off to the chiropractor's appt to fix me after sliding off the bed last week. A dumb move as I sat too close tot he edge putting on my socks and lost my balance. Then to discover an email with questions on my instructions for my pension payments. Arrgh but fixed. My advisor left and I am not happy with the new one (his old boss) or the new policies. It will take time and energy to investigate and decide where to go. UGH!

This morning I'm cleaning out the fridge packaging and freezing what is reaching or is close to expiry, then I must plant the seeds in potting soil. They have been soaking on wet paper towels. The sugar peas are starting to sprout.
I can't mix my compost in yet. It would burn them and I'm not sure it is safe with the chicken poop. could I get salmonella from it?

I'll have to check on Chris' progress. I don't usually read the status updates.

It's already after 11 am and I'm still in my pj's.

ps: Update: This afternoon I found some small bags of nice potting soil and some landscape fabric at the Dollar Store. Total $4.50 some seeds started sprouting in 2 days so I need to get them into seedling pots.


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I finally made some real headway yesterday on the walls in the living room. I'm probably about half done in that room and then will need to get a ladder for the higher ones I can't reach. If it requires craning my neck, I'll hire my gs to do that for me as I can't handle that for very long without pinching some nerves.

I'm glad to see that Chris is getting around and doing some normal activity.

Cathy, I hope you and H are able to get that garden bed done the way you want it while the weather is nice. I'm kind of itching to get my hands in some dirt but am forcing myself to wait until I make more progress with moving. The cabin still needs a super good cleaning before I start setting up any furniture at all and we'll be putting our bed in the living room while we do the work on the master bedroom and bath. It will be cozy, but we'll manage. We won't tear into that project until we are down to just ONE house to work on, but I am starting to do a little bit of dream building about the project and what I might want it to look like when it's done.

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I think you are making amazing progress---moving bed stuff is hard work by oneself. Is your bedroom on the cabin ready to move the bedframe in? i think I remember you saying that is the room that needs the most work along with the bathroom.
Hoping Dh starts on his garden project today---I think he went outside yesterday and decided on what to start with---which is removing the trellis on both sides of the bed we are replacing. If he gets it off, then we can put it on the other bed either when I get home or on Wednesday since I work from home that day. Easier if someone is holding it up while the other screws it in. Going to be really nice here the rest of the week until the weekend so I hope we make good headway on the project.

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Cathy, that's exactly what I'll do; namely, open the bedroom windows and close the door to the rest of the house. I can also turn on the ceiling fan in there to move the air around. I usually keep that door closed anyway, so we aren't heating every room in the house all day. I moved the box spring and mattress to the spare room (just off the living room) and left the frame and headboard. It's going to have to come apart and go out to the ranch anyway and I couldn't do it by myself. I'll just push it to the center of the room and oil the log walls. I was able to move the armoire too, but the other dresser has the mirror attached and I might need help for that.

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Terri, you are right, I joined more for the interaction with other people who share my interest and not getting it this way anyhow. If you move your bed, can you air out that bedroom even if cold with the door shut? There are a lot of things I learn better by seeing it done in person, too. Learning virtual is not for everyone--you have to be extremely motivated to do it.
Today the weather is transitioning between the cold of the weekend to the warm of the rest of the week. Looking forward to temps in the 60's after today. I told Dh to start on that raised bed in stages---not to try to do it all at once. If he does that he will need another back injection so hope he listens. I am ready for Spring!

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Cathy, I think there are a whole lot of people going through that same thought process when it comes to education. If they have to stay home to get it "virtually" anyway, why not just go online and study what you want and go at your own pace? We've long said that there was a severe "dumbing down" going on and now it's so much worse. I know the Master Gardener's certification (or whatever it is) might open some doors for other opportunities but that's a lot of hassle. It seems like you're missing one of the main benefits anyway; namely, the ability to connect with the group. Like Barb's weaving guild. So much of the benefit is social as well as informative/educational.

The local 4H club is trying to navigate some of those things too. These kids can't do what they do online. They have livestock to tend and they need the instruction and guidance of their leaders--and what about the other projects? Like cooking or needlecraft? Those things can't be taught to kids online. I often go to YouTube to learn a new stitch or technique, but kids can't really do that.

The smell of the oil does linger for a few days--especially now that it's cold and I have to keep the house closed up. When we started this, it was summer and we could do a room, close the door and open a window in there. I'm doing the living room now and can't do that. I also need to finish my bedroom but will have to move heavy furniture in there, so I'm waiting. I may move our bed into the spare room that's already done so I can sleep in there. Won't Steve be surprised when he comes back from the canyon and sees the bed moved! LOL~ But hey--we're moving, right? Things are going to get moved.

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Terri, does it only smell as you put it on or does the smell linger? Yikes to the snow, probably best to have a window open where you are putting that oil on the wall if the smell lingers. I agree to your criteria---if it doesn't meet those 3 things, it should go, esp. since this is a big downsize for you.
Barb, ouch, ouch, ouch! Did you get your baking done? It's okay that you went to our other team to peruse the posts to make sense of things---LOL
I just did laundry and cleaned kitchen counters---moved everything off and scrubbed them before putting things back. Didn't do the sink countertop so maybe that today.
I am going to drop out of the Master Gardener program. They want us to get a background check now to volunteer and that is such a hassle and we have been volunteering for years without it so why do we need it now? Plus we aren't allowed to meet up in person still and they just now said we can volunteer after the middle of March---duh, it should be out choice in the first place. I can volunteer at the school greenhouses without being a member and going thru that nonsense. And with not meeting for over a year, I can survive without the monthly meeting---some of the classes were interesting but a lot were not anything I wanted or needed to know. And everything I need can be found online---that is what we are told to do anyhow. I will miss a few people but no real connections to them anyhow.

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Oops, Terri posted while I was writing. Linseed oil sure does stink! I hope it dissipates soon. No wonder it was never done before. Sounds like you are both making great progress. I'm glad you are giving your arm the necessary rest periods. Snow! Wahta shock!.

Before I saw Terri's latest post:
Cathy, thanks for the advice on my finger. The cut is more than 1/2 " and still signs of bleeding this morning when I took the bandage off. I put liquid bandage on it which seals it and is an antiseptic. I will definitely wear rubber gloves. it was a stupid thing to do. Redoing your veggie bed and building the new one for the front sound like major projects but worth it in the end. You will have to post pics so we can see it.

Terri, I was surprised that it didn't hurt much. The cut was much deeper than I realized and it is from the fingernail to beyond the first knuckle. with the arthritis in that finger I am surprised I wasn't screaming from pain. It must have been wishful thinking when I said last night it was above the knuckle.
When I sold my house and moved to Phoenix for the job more than 20 years ago now, I got rid of all the wrong things. I'm thinking of those tables you mentioned. Remember - label, label, label those boxes and on more than one side.
Good news about Aunt D!

I had a peek at your other team since some things didn't make sense. I hope you don't mind?

I'm going at a snails pace this morning. I need to do some baking today. The ingredients have been sitting on the counter for days.

I hung laundry outside yesterday and it had the wonderful Okanagan smell when I brought it in. Better than any detergent or fabric softener.

Another beautiful day here today.

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I woke up to snow on the ground! I didn't expect that! It was only about as much as a thick, heavy frost because I think it rained some after the snow and it's nearly gone already. I knew it was cold when I got home last night and there had been some flakes mixed with the raindrops when I crossed the higher summits but I didn't expect it here at home.

I'm applying linseed oil to the logs as prescribed by our pest inspection and it sure stinks. It's not a difficult job and I can do it in smallish sections and then let my arm rest. Steve has already gotten about a dozen of those little things done from the inspector's report, so he's making more progress than I am. Of course, I was busy with family things yesterday and getting his aunt home from the nursing home, so that was certainly important.

I'm going to have some boxes for donations as I pack up the bookshelves and closets. I've already given away so much that I'm not sure what else I'll come across, but if it isn't something I Use, Need, or just Love, it will go away.

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Yippee for a full price offer! Hope any other inspection goes well and that you get a closing date set soon---but not so soon that you have to rush with the packing. Hope you hear from that contractor to get the work done at the canyon home and sell it soon, too.
Barb, ouch---glad the store helped you out. You should probably unbandage it today to see if you need cream or a doctor visit. I wouldn't mess in dirt right now unless you put on rubber gloves to protect that finger.
We are going to need to rebuild our first veggie bed---but this time we will use the new bricks that are for that and it will be much easier to build and replace in the future. The worst part is digging the dirt out and leveling it for the new bricks and boards. But next week will be nice and Dh can work on it in stages as he won't have to rush to get it done. I won't need the bed for a couple more months here. WE also need to work on a bed up front soon, too. I think we are all ready for Spring!

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Oh Barb, I'm so sorry about the smashed finger! I hope you didn't break anything.

We have a similar process in home buying here. The 3 weeks I mentioned is the period of Subjects you described and allows the buyers to do any inspections they want to have done. We've already done a pest inspection and have made the suggested corrections and treatments, so they have that report. If they want other inspections (septic system, roofing, or whatever) they have 3 weeks to get them done and can back out without consequence up until the end of the 21 days. After that, they will lose their earnest money which in this case is $1000. It isn't a whole lot, but is to compensate us for the days that we had the house off the market. Do I sound like I know a lot? HA! I don't. This is just what I've learned through this process.

I went to the coast today to take our aunt home from the nursing home she's been staying at since being in the hospital. She is now on oxygen so will have to learn to adapt to that, but it will be a good thing because that's why she ended up in the hospital in the first place. She's so happy to be back in her little apartment where she can visit with her good friend who looks out for her and helps her so much.

On the way home I stopped at a store and picked up some boxes so I can start packing up a few things to take out to the ranch. Now I have to seriously decide where I'm going to put things! UGH!

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Congratulations Terri. It seems that the process of closing or escrow is very different in the US. In Canada, once the offer is made and accepted, except for the period of Subjects (to financing, inspections, etc) it cannot be backed out of without losing the down payment. There is always a significant down payment with the offer to show commitment to the sale.
When will you know for sure?

Now the 3 ring circus is in full swing. Good luck with the Canyon house.

Cathy, there is no religion in our classes. No meditations or anything. That's why I call it Physiotherapy- exercise-yoga class. It focuses on strengthening the small muscles which provide stabil;ity which is why it is so good for me. I spent all day sorting out my retirement income sources and ararnging changes to simiplify them. you don't know where to go if you don't know where you are.

I had a poor night's sleep, then developed a neck-muscle tension migraine this morning. I spent my day trying to get rid of it.

I started soaking the sugar peas and chives before planting but couldn't find my lettuce and parsley seeds from last year (not expired) so I had to buy new ones today. I'll start them tomorrow.

I slammed my left index finger in the car door while shopping today. I wrapped some Kleenex around but it was bleeding so badly I had to ask the store if they had a bandage. they took car of it so I could complete my shopping there. Fortuantely it was above the 1st knuckle so just a long nast skin break. I'm not taking off the bandage to look at it. It's a really good bandage, much better than what I have at home.

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We just signed papers to accept the 2nd offer on the house. I had to tell the young couple that we like so much that we were going with the other buyers. Thankfully, they were not too disappointed and were happy for us. The other offer is full asking price and no stipulations--at least not now. They still have time to have any inspections done that they want and to ask for things, but we are on our way.

Steve is still at the other house and is working on the small things that came up in the inspection report. No word yet from the concrete contractor. That needs to get started soon.

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Barb, glad the exercise class helped your hips. I don't do yoga of any kind! Or any other eastern religion related exercises. What did you pick to start off with yesterday?
Terri, that's the hard part---getting rid of stuff like your sewing tables. Maybe you need another storage container---LOL The other one is definitely being fully used for those items that you need to be able to get to.
Doctor visit today so off of work---hope a bit more energy today---the 2nd shot just seemed to zap my energy.

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We're glad we had the inspection done, just so that there wouldn't be any nasty surprises later! We already knew some of the things that he marked for fixing but there were quite a few small things that we didn't know about. So, Steve went back down there today (6 hr drive) and will start on that list of smaller things and hopefully be able to meet with a contractor to do the foundation work. I just hope it doesn't completely break the bank! We do have funds set aside, but this is going to be substantial work.

I could use a physio-yoga class, Barb! Or, I just need to get out and start walking again. So much of my work lately has been indoors and practically sedentary and I can feel my knees and hips tightening up from the lack of exercise and stretching.

Cathy, we are excited about being done with this 3-ring (or 3-house) circus we've been living in! I'm not dreading the cabin or the work there (well, maybe dreading some of the work) but I am dreading having to move and figure out where to put the things I know I want to keep. My storage unit will be filled with my canning jars and equipment and my yarn, fabric, and sewing supplies and furniture. I have two tables (one for my machine and one for cutting) that I may not be able to keep. I'll see if one of my sewing granddaughters will want them and have a place for them. I can use a folding table well enough and then put it away when I'm not in sewing mode. We've gotten rid of a lot of things but still have lots to deal with. That won't be fun.

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Welcome back Chris! It must feel good to be oin your own bed again although it is wonderful that both you and your Mother were able to take care of and lok out for each other. That is a tough question regarding your son. There is a woman who is going through similar issues with her son who had a serious concussion a few years ago. I don't know what I would do in similar circumstances. Best wishes for your Mom.

Terri, I'm glad the inspection wasn't worse than you expected. If a contractor is reasonable, that's the way to go since you both have so much on your plates and the time frame. I don't see any reason why it shouldn't go on the market before it is finished. It shows it is being taken care of. Good luck on the offer(s) on the log home.

My compost doesn't really smell much. The faxt I had after eating beans is worse, lol. I really need to find my lettuce and parsley seeds and get them started. They are not where I found them.

Cathy, sounds like the room is looking really nice. Good luck on your 2nd vaccine shot. It must be a relief for you. It will be mid april before I get my first one. Not a worry. My contacts are limited and brief. I've decided to wear my mask in yoga class because one person forgets to put hers on when she goes to the lavatory and coughs without covering her mout, excuses it saying "it's ok, it's my asthma cough" or something similar.

Yesterday, we had a great physio-exercise-yoga class(my new description of it). Movement in my hips was so much better afterwards. The others requested postions for creppy arms. He said we are going to be sore after. I hope that is tomorrow's class which I don't attend. I slid off the edge of my bed a few days ago. Landed very softly on my left knee but the next day it was my right hip which doesn't usually give me trouble that was hurting a lot and I had difficulty walking. After yesterday's class it feels so much better and is no longer painful. Yaay!

Yesterday was sunny, bright and felt like spring. It was so warm although still cool enough to need a coat. Everyone was in such a good mood. I visited 4 stores and all the customers and clerks werre pleasant, friendly and happy. It was such a change from the last few times.

I have so many things on todays' todo that I don't know where to start.

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Good idea so that Steve can work on your new home at the ranch----it does sound like you might be moving into that real soon. Are you excited or dreading it just a bit?
I got rid of the rug in the spare room---going to put a new one down once the door is fixed. I moved all the donation stuff along one wall and swept the parts I could get to, then I stripped the bed and put the new sheets and comforter on the bed. It really brightened the room and I sent a picture to my sister and she said she liked it. I figure she might want new pillows but I am leaving that to her once she arrives---everyone has different pillow tastes to sleep on.

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No big surprises from the inspection. The foundation needs some work, among other things, and it needs a new deck and railing and it needs to be painted. We're going to look into hiring a contractor to do the cement work and possibly build the deck too.

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Chris, glad you are well enough to be back home but also that you had your mom's to go to for the recovery time. And good that you were there to go with her to those appointments. Sorry that the cancer has spread but hope she has good quality of life as she continues on.
Terri, so what was the verdict on the canyon house needs?
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Welcome home, Chris! I'm glad your recovery has gone well and that you can handle the stairs again. Will you be needing the other knee replaced or was this one the only bum knee? Sorry to hear about your mom's breast cancer issues but am happy she was well enough to taxi you to your appointments. My mother had breast cancer several years ago and she just had it removed. I keep up with my mammograms because of that history.

Steve and the two grandsons are finishing up their current work at the other house this morning and will come home as soon as the inspector is finished. We want to get his report so that we can plan our next step. Hopefully, there won't be any major work to be done before we put it on the market.

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Looks like everyone has a full plate. I am recovering from a total knee replacement. Back home now after living with my 87 year old mom as she had a ranch and i have to many stairs.
I am also dealing with a son who has mental issues that he is not dealing with. Frankly im so done with him..... i am at a loss. Mom is also dealing with 2nd round of breast cancer that is in the lining of her lung. Doctors are treating it with pills and she is improving. She took me to all my doc follow ups and out patient physical therapy......
This past year has certainly been challenging.



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Barb, I got lost in a Maeve Binchy book this past weekend. I just had to finish it. So I know what you mean. And nothing like a good pot of soup to make you feel like you accomplished something.
Terri, I think once your life gets settled more and you are not living on this merry go round that you are on, you will again find time to relax with a good book.
Man, I was so mad with my cat last night---she threw up on my comforter so I had to wash it and then dry it this morning before I came to work as I had to keep turning it to get all the parts dried. All I could do this morning was just toss it on my bed and will make it properly when I get home. She is now banned from my bed!

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Enjoy your book, Barb! I used to love to read but seldom take the time to do it now. I don't know why. I guess my mind always wanders to things I think I "should" be doing and I can't concentrate. I need to get over that!

I'm glad your compost is working well. The chicken droppings would've been a nice addition. Is there any smell to speak of?

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A house fire is so sad. I'm glad you could find some things Terri. I found your black beans story really interesting. It is better for you that there are competing offers. Best wishes! We are all on tenderhooks waiting to see what happens and all rooting for you! Is the ranch ready for move-in at least minimally? Being able to start your garden will be another stress off your shoulders.

Cathy, it is a wonderful opportunity to see the country but it makes it harder for you not knowing when she will arrive.

My older sister (80) called yesterday. Her partner (89) had a heart attack while he was at the doctor's and ended up in hospital for 5 days. I don't know how they are going to manage in the house. She has atrial fibrilation and had a stroke as a result 10 years ago (undiagnosed before that). He has old country attitudes and often doesn't tell her what is going on, some because he struggles more with English as he's gotten older. He is Czech and was outside the country when the USSR invaded in '68. They met cross country skiing near Banff and have been together more than 25 years.

I had a terrible night's sleep, my own fault. I kept reading the e-book that I had waited 5 months for from our library. I was up just after 5am and after making coffee and having a couple of cups, I made a huge pot of black bean, sweet potato & vegetable soup, then read until it was time to have my bath and get ready for my exercise-therapy-yoga class. I came home to a filling soup for lunch, then I read & slept soundly more more than an hour. Making the soup made me feel like I accomplished something. I am embarrased to say that given how often Terri does that on top of everytthing else! It is easier if I cook it in the crockpot but it is in use as a humidifier.
Also got laundry done and replied to several emails.

My compost is coming along. I'm pleased with the way it is looking.

I keep going back to reading the book. One of those that you can't put down! A msytery set in the late 40's in the Kootenays (mountain range) 4 - 5 hrs from me.


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it's a new month! and spring is well on it's way!

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