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Title: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on November 30, 2009, 11:03:08 AM
Happy Monday!   ;D  Warning - this is going to be a long post.   :D

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday - December 1, 2009, I am starting a new club.  It's called:  A New Leaf Club.  I am not a person who come January 1st they make a "New Year's Resolution".  For the most part, I think those resolutions are never followed through.  With that being said, I do, however, want to make some changes for myself and my family in 2010.  No more excuses, procrastinating, stalling, ignoring . . . whatever you want to call it.

During our 30 day commitment that we just finished up on November 19th, when I was outside, I watched as the leaves on the trees turned from green to various colors of red, yellow, orange and brown.  Then they all fell off the tree.   :(  Even though we can't see the actual leaves on the trees right now, the tree is already planning for next year when it will bear new leaves and have another season of growing.   ;D  I NEED to be like those leaves.  I NEED to make some changes.

There are a lot of different things I want to accomplish this next year, so I didn't want to put a "specific" heading at the top.  For example, I want to declutter and organize my house.  I've read all the books, watched shows on the subject, I KNOW what to do . . . I just NEED to buckle down and DO IT!!  I am tired of wasting hours and hours looking for things that I know I have, but can't find.  Not only does it waste my time, it wastes my energy looking for them.  Plus, it frustrates me when I can't locate whatever it is I'm looking for.  I have similar items throughout the house and need to get them all in ONE specific spot where they are in a container that is labeled so I can find it (i.e. Christmas items . . wrapping paper, ornaments, cards, etc.).

I want to downsize and pare down all the "stuff" we own.  The more stuff we own, the more time and energy it takes to maintain or keep up with all of it.  I don't need any more trinkets to put on shelves to gather dust.  I want to get rid of the stuff that is no longer used or worn - either by donating them or having a garage sale in the spring.  Enough is enough!

I also seriously NEED to do some exercising.  We have a treadmill that has been sitting in the living room in the upright position for ?? years.  A VERY long time!!  I have Richard Simmons tapes that I can exercise to (got to love the energy of that man!!  LOL).  Anything to get moving is better than what I am doing now.

I NEED to limit my time in front of the computer surfing the web and playing on-line games.  I know I could get a lot more accomplished if I eliminated that specific pitfall for me right now.

What I'm looking for in this "club" is someone else who is serious about making changes in 2010 too.  I don't care if there is just one other person in this club with me - - as long as you are serious.  I don't want any more excuses for myself - I NEED and WANT to do this . . . for as long as it takes.  I figure with 365 days in a year that I should be able to accomplish a lot if I keep working at it.  Granted, this is NOT going to be a "daily" thing . . there will be days we just don't feel well and can't do all the things we want too.  There will be times when we NEED to tend family issues, vacations, sickness, etc.  As long as we pick up where we left off and keep our goal in sight.   ;D  We can post what we've accomplished, ask for suggestions to finish a task, etc.

If you are not into getting your house and life in order - that's fine, this club is probably not for you then.  I don't want "downers" . . I want us to be "positive and uplifting".  I'm excited . . . I hope you will be too.   ;D  I would like this "club" to be a group that helps motivate each other and encourage each other outside of our daily lives living with Sjogren's.  To re-quote from Dr. Phil McGraw:  "The key is to assemble a winning team, and that means making sure all the players are supportive, positive, and helpful.  You need people you can trust and people who can energize and inspire you because there is strength and power in support."

I didn't want to wait until January - I'm starting tomorrow, December 1st - will you join me?

Bucky   ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on November 30, 2009, 01:42:26 PM

What a wonderful idea - thank you. Please may I join your team? We have lived in this house 13 years, and I have cupboards full to bursting with 'useful things'. I would like to get rid of some of this 'bagage', especially as some of it has memories of my estranged son and his wife, and I need to get rid of those items.

So, I would like to declutter my house, so that I can declutter my own personal bagage - and I need help to do that. Will be looking forward to any tips you can give me. It will have to be a slow process though :)


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: kimbo on November 30, 2009, 03:00:25 PM
I am 2nd Buckey, You are singing my song!

My husband would be laughing, because I have been on this crusade for this past month.

It scares him because he lost some very valuable motorcycle parts, on my last crusades  ;)  as you may recall!!   ;D

I have gone thru my closets and his (with his supervision)  ;D. Hauled off about 6 big bags of clothes.

Now the thing I have had my mind on all day, making notes on how to accomplish better organizations of papers, records receipts, bill and current informations.

I NEED HELP on this. If any one has advise on filing and organizing papers of all kinds.

Bucky I am on board.  I told my husband as we cleaned out the closets, " We can't see what we want to wear with all that we don't want to wear in the way."

Yeah, can't see the forest for the trees.  Blow those leaves off and start all over, is that what you said........kind of ??????

Love ya, Buckey

Keep us all shaped up.  Oh yeah I'll meditate on the exercise thing. Get back with you on that. ;)

Blessings , kimbo
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: JannaLee on November 30, 2009, 03:13:58 PM
Alright, ALRIGHT!!

I'm in too, dang it!!   

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: genko_b on November 30, 2009, 04:30:47 PM
I'll join you on this. I've been through the house several times to clear things out, the most recent time being when we painted all the rooms, about 5 years ago. It is amazing how things accumulate, isn't it?

Paperwork is always the hardest for me to deal with. I know where everything is, but most of it is unnecessary. When I'm over this flu and have a bit more energy, I'll write up a list of the paperwork suggestions I've gotten in the past that make the most sense.

The main one is that so many of our bills and bank balances are available online now that we don't need to keep all the old bills as a record. Just the last bill, until we get the new bill showing what we've paid. So that's a place to start - throw out all the old utility bills. Bank statements can be thrown out except the year-end ones relating to income tax returns, which means save them for seven years (the limit for audits). That gives you lots of space in the file cabinet for all the papers piled on the floor (ha ha). At least things will look better.

I'll put the rest of my list up in a couple of days.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on December 01, 2009, 12:54:00 PM
Well, today's the day we turn over a new leaf!!   ;D  I'm happy to have Kathyx, Kimbo, JannaLee and Genko as part of the "club".   It's great to have you ladies along.  :D

Kathyx - this is not going to be a marathon, take as much time as you need to sort thru the "baggage" and get rid of them when you're ready.

Kimbo & Genko, I agree, paper clutter is an ongoing challenge for me.  Since last week I have kept the kitchen counter free of paper clutter - which is HUGE!  It is usually piled there daily.  I have heard numerous times that when the mail comes into the house, sort it over the trash can!!  How true this is . . most of it is JUNK!  So, that's what I've been doing for the last week and it seems to be working so far.   ;D

If y'all DON'T already have a paper shredder, I would suggest you look into getting one.  I shred anything that has our name on it before pitching it in the trash.  Especially receipts, bills, etc.  (ha, that's funny . . that's my problem . . I KEEP everything!!!  ::). . . hoping that will all change in 2010  ;) ).

Today I was outside "winterizing" . . put up the driveway markers, put the animal cage in the barn that was sitting on the front porch, swept the last of the ladybugs off the porch.   After running a bunch of errands this morning and then being outside working - it's very windy here today (big surprise . . NOT!), I'm pooped.  Hmmmm, a nap sounds good about now!   ;D

I placed five classified ads in the local paper today to sell three children's snowsuits and two pieces of jewelry that isn't being used or worn.  Woohoo . . . it's a start.   (and the ads were FREE)   :D


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on December 01, 2009, 01:35:55 PM
Well done Bucky!!

By the way, I also need to declutter my desk at work - how many 'essential iems' does a girl need: heat pad, hot water bottle, can of soup, spare birthday cards, stockings, kettle descaler, moist tissues, first aid kit , wrapping paper...

Yes, I better clear that before I win the lottery and retire!

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: genko_b on December 01, 2009, 02:26:02 PM
Hi folks:

Well I'm fighting the swine flu and don't have a lot of energy for this today, but I did go through the various teas in my cupboard and pitch the ones that are old and haven't been tried in a while. It took about ten minutes.

Now I'm going to answer some letters that have been sitting in my inbox at home.

Neither of those is a sizable dent in a very big project, but it is better than nothing. It makes me feel as though I accomplished something, anyway.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Cheryl on December 01, 2009, 05:27:24 PM
  OK, I'm in, too.   I'm only promising to do it on a small scale at first, so that I won't break my promise (I'm really bad about resolutions!)  I noticed recently that I have some VERY old spices in my pantry.   My intention will be to sort and organize my spices and baking supplies.  I'll make myself toss the old ones and replace them. 
  I think after that I should tackle my shoes.   I only actually wear a few pairs, but for some reason there are piles of them in my closet.
  Good luck to all of you, and thank you for the motivation!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: roetta on December 02, 2009, 12:40:39 PM
I'm in. I desperately need to organize my kitchen. I have lids with no pots, pots with no lids, various plastic containers that I don't even use, etc. The other day I spent 45 mins looking for a lid for a casserole dish - all that wasted energy! - and I never did find the stupid thing!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: JannaLee on December 02, 2009, 03:36:49 PM
I have the flu also but made several phone calls I've been putting off and went through all the mail 'over the trash can'.  Only a neat pile of bills left.

Too bad we don't have access to each other's lives.  I'd love to go through the loot on Kathy's desk!

Love to you all, my dears!

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Chickpea on December 02, 2009, 05:02:53 PM
I'd love to join you all in this endeavour.  I'm part way through the process because we're half way through moving house, and it's entailed a lot of clearing cupboards and boxes, the loft, the cellar, the garage etc.  It's taken weeks!  We went through the house room by room mostly getting rid of books: 60 bags to charity shops at the last count.  Then the paperwork; like Genko we realised that you don't need to keep years of bills and receipts.  And clothes that don't fit but might do one day?! (Cheryl - I sorted through my spice rack and found some very old and stale things!)

Much of the time was spent on 'Oh look at this!' and 'Do you remember ...' and there were some sad moments too.  And lots of excuses for things that might come in useful one day, or would be needed when we (finally) become grandparents!

Now we're part moved into a flat/apartment we're realising how little we really need.  We've only brought some of our possessions and I'm wondering why I own three tea cosies, or 12 teapots? If I've only read a book once and I'm not likely to again then why am I keeping it?  The next step for me is to go through each box as we bring it here and find a place for everything worth keeping, and get rid of everything else.  No excuses!  I'd love to live by the maxim 'a place for everything and everything in its place'.

If the current economic crisis has taught me anything it's that we have too much STUFF.  It's shaming that it's taken this crisis for most of us to realise how we've abused our privileged positions to accumulate things that then become a burden. 

Bucky - I really appreciate the way you think of these things and come and share them with us all.  It's so much better to be on this journey together.

Love to all - Chickpea
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: RobinBat on December 02, 2009, 05:53:30 PM
Ok, I am in too! I will commit to small scale, my closets...I too can't find the stuff that fits for all the stuff that does not! After that will move on to something else....Nothing tonight, really tired and my eyes are burning and nose is running, Fixing to rain, think it's allergies acting up...Off to bed early tonight. Had to go to lab for blood work today and almost fell asleep waiting for doctors office to fax RX that was supposed to be there(standing order for cbc) Took over an hour to get the Rx! So Nighty night all!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on December 02, 2009, 07:54:49 PM
Hi everyone.  Welcome Cheryl, Roetta, Chickpea and RobinBat.   ;D

Kathyx - sounds like you've got a little variety store going on in your desk at work!   :o At least it appears you are ready for any situation that comes up.   ;D

Genko & JennaLee - sorry you gals are feeling under the weather with the flu.   :(  Hope you feel better quickly.

Genko - good job cleaning out the teas in the cupboard and answering letters even while feeling ill.   Take care of yourself and don't overdo it.

Cheryl - I bet a lot of us have spices that have been in our kitchens for a looonnnnggg time.  Unless we plan on keeping them as antiques, we should replace them.  I always live by the little jingle my girlfriend uses, "when in doubt, pitch it out!".    I can't believe some of the shoes I keep . . . let's just suffice it to say, a good roll of duct tape "might" help them. Or perhaps pitch them - but they're my favorite, even though I can't wear them when it rains because my feet get wet!!   ::) Pretty pathetic!

Roetta -  oh no, the lid caper has invaded your kitchen!!   >:(  It will be interesting to see where you finally find it (if you do).

JennaLee - good job making phone calls and getting the mail sorted while you're feeling ill.  You need to take care of yourself too and don't overdo it.

Chickpea - wow, 60 bags to charity!!   :o  Did you get some of your 12 teapots as gifts?  You need to have a tea party and give a teapot away with each guest who comes.   ;D  Can you pass them onto your kids?  LOL    Your maxim is EXACTLY what all the organizing people say in all their books. 

RobinBat -  ahhhh, the closet.  They say that a person wears 20% of their clothes 80% of the time!  I know for myself I wash and wear, wash and wear the same few pieces.  Last week I saw this closet in a home that was one of those HUGE walk-ins and it has TONS of clothes in it!  This closet belonged to one person and it had more clothes in it than all three of my family members combined!!  (and then some!)  Waaaay too many clothes!!  Good luck with your project.

Thanks for your kind comment Chickpea.  I'm glad to have the company and inspiration that everyone brings to the journey.   ;D

I have this legal pad with all the "projects" I want to do around the house - it's nice when one by one I can mark them off completed.   ;D 

Here's a "Maxine Says It Best" for y'all - "A household hint:  Stop dusting, and you can use your coffee table as a message board." 


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: RobinBat on December 03, 2009, 05:39:14 AM
Gemko, you inspired me, this am I went to the shelf where my teas were and dug out one I have not drank in awhile, I will try to finish all the old ones before buying too many more. I have several(OK alot) of flavors I have either bought or gotten as gifts that are OK but not great....they get pushed to the back....I will try to use them up!
Cheryl, I sorted spices a few years ago when I got remarried and moved into this house....amazing what you find.....
Roetta, Finally got fed up a few months ago and pulled every container out, If it had no mate, no matter if it was a favorite, I chucked it! Invested in several of the rubbermaid ones that the lids click on. Great! Love them....
Chickpea, Want to do my closets, sounds like you did a great job, don't know I own 60 bags worth! As for Tea Pots, Put on Ebay or something like that....always people like me who buy...LOL! My husband collects Dragonware(old japan moriage).
Ok, I'll add wisdom according to Robin:
Feel free to draw in my dust, but please don't date your pictures!
Dust bunnies never run away from home, they just invite friends and family to move in!
Good luck all, off today and must go food shopping and to Sam's Club, Library ect.....
I'll check in again tonight.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Cheryl on December 03, 2009, 06:50:36 AM
Does anyone know whether Tupperware still replaces pieces that crack, no long seal, etc.?  When I recently cleaned out that (avalanching) cabinet, I separated the old stuff and kept it "in case." 
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on December 03, 2009, 01:34:09 PM
Cheryl - I believe Tupperware still DOES replace cracked, warped, broken lids.

Today I read thru and bagged up all the newspapers sitting on the floor by the recliner.  Some, I'm afraid to say, were from October!!   :o   ::)  We only subscribe to the weekend newspaper and get three others free delivered thru the mail.  At least once a month I get a phone call from the newspaper asking if I want to take the newspaper daily . . um, no thanks . . I can't even keep up with it just on the weekends!! 


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Chickpea on December 04, 2009, 03:01:22 AM
This morning the sun is shining and I've opened the windows to let the breeze in.  Everything feels so much fresher on days like this. 

Than I tackled one of the many boxes piled in corners.  I have developed quite a good system for moving stuff around with my trusty walker which has a carrying basket and my 'grabber' which I use to pick things up from the floor or manoeuvre small items.  It felt good and I got into a rhythm with piles of books and videos.  Does anyone else find it's the little bits and pieces that cause you the most work?  This was a box from our old sitting room so it had books, DVDs, bottles of nail varnish, lip salve, 'useful' newspaper articles and a guide to the 2009-2010 football season that I'd been searching for!

I'm also paying the price for putting off making decisions.  In the pile of DVDs were two belonging to my son's ex girlfriend.  Do I send them back to her and re-establish contact?  Do I give them to a charity shop?  Do I spend ages worrying about it?  (Answer to the last question:  of course I do!)

Newspapers - I get a daily paper and it's a real treat.  I try to recycle them once a week but I have stopped one activity that created more piles of stuff:  I no longer cut out articles that look interesting and that someday I'll send to someone.  They piled up in corners and I'm convinced they bred.  A bit like plastic bags do when you leave them for too long!

Hope you're all having a productive day.

Chickpea xxx
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: RobinBat on December 04, 2009, 07:02:32 AM
I say send the videos and just put in a note saying just found these, sorry not returned sooner, if you don't want to "further" the relationship end it there. If you do, then ask how she is doing or some such....Just my opinion....RobinBat
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: genko_b on December 04, 2009, 10:23:41 AM
Still recovering from the swine flu so I am trying not to overdo things.

Day before yesterday I took a huge stack of scraps of paper with phone numbers, address changes, emails, and passwords for various internet accounts, and wrote them into my address book (yes, I still keep a paper one). I also input email addresses into my computer email list. So all those little scraps of paper are gone now.

Yesterday I took on a big project for a committee I'm on, and spent time immediately breaking it down into manageable pieces and writing those pieces into my calendar as appointments to myself. It's the best way I know to handle something big like that - it gives me the satisfaction of being able to check things off my to-do list, and also end up with a project mostly done as I approach the deadline.

Today I'm going to finish winterizing - covering up outside faucets and so on. It is more than I have been doing, but since my cough is better, it should be OK.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on December 04, 2009, 12:47:09 PM
Hi Ladies

You have all been industrious.  Well done to you all. I've not made a start yet, but I hope to do something this weekend. I usually make my conservatory into a 'grotto' for my little grandchildren. They are coming tomorrow to help me. The plan is to ditch any of the decorations that are broken or tatty. That way there will be less to store after the Epiphany.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: BeckyG on December 07, 2009, 04:49:16 PM
I would love to join in this!  Though I currently live in an apartment and there isn't a whole lot for me to clean up (I can think of a closet that needs some work!) I really need to join in with the exercising and getting off the computer! (I am a gamer and have been for many years.)  I have already been working on my diet this past week.. I don't think I've ever ate so many vegetables.  But my in-laws are told us they are getting the Wii and the Wii fit for us for Christmas! So there is my incentive to get up and get active!

Add me to the list!  :D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: roetta on December 07, 2009, 07:20:47 PM
My plan is to get through the week at work and then tackle the kitchen containers this weekend. I'm taking earlier advice and throwing everything that doesn't have a lid in the trash. Then when there's nothing left I guess I'll just have to go buy new ones!! Hehe
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: genko_b on December 07, 2009, 10:23:29 PM
There has been no time for me to add any projects to the last three days, what with catching up from being sick with the flu, and several activities that were scheduled, but I've been careful not to let the papers pile up on my desk or inbox. I've been following the rule "Handle everything just once," meaning to recycle junk mail immediately, not stuff receipts in my purse and forget about them, and so on. Likewise, keeping things picked up and put away.

Tomorrow I'm home all day while someone brings mulch to winterize my garden, and I'll be doing some sorting inside.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on December 08, 2009, 06:27:44 AM
Morning Ladies . . . everyone is doing a great job with projects around the home.   ;D  Welcome BeckyG - glad you have in our "club". 

Becky - how fun that you are getting a Wii and Wii Fit.  We don't have one, but we've played on one before and it is so much fun.  We laughed and laughed at how silly we looked trying to do things.  Enjoy your gift.

Chickpea -  I agree with RobinBat's post to return the videos.  You can mention you are moving and came across these and wanted to return them to her.  That way, you'll stop worrying about them and they will be with their owner.  End of story.   :D 

I also save articles from the newspaper or magazines that I think are interesting.  Although, I am keeping them for myself, not sending them to anyone.  (Bucky quietly moves several off the top of the table by the recliner so Chickpea doesn't see the dates on them . . . they've been sitting there for a while.   ;))  Actually, I am going to put them in one of those pocket folders so I can thumb thru them again "some day".

Genko - I'm glad you are feeling better.  Good for you to get rid of the little scraps of paper and putting information in your address book.   :D  I too have a "hard copy" address book.  I also bought myself a nice Rolodex with gift money last year so I could put information in that too.  (As Bucky looks at the stack of little scrap paper next to her computer . . . . um, looks like I need to sort them again and update and throw some out myself!!  ;D) 

The last couple of days I've been working in the hall closet that has all the coats, phone books, ironing board, iron, games, etc.  I had already gone thru and taken out all the coats that weren't being worn and donated them earlier this summer.  I have a clear, see-thru tote in this closet that has gloves, scarves, hats in it.  I rewashed everything as it has been sitting there for a while.  I pulled out several pairs of outgrown gloves of my sons and will give them away for some other little boy to use.  I came across a couple of puzzles in this closet.  I put one of them together (it's the small 24 pc. kids puzzles) and find that it's missing 3 pieces.  Nows the question . . . do I keep this puzzle and hope that in my cleaning I come across the missing pieces, or just pitch the puzzle and don't worry about it anymore?  With that being said - I DID find the two missing cards in our Rack-o game in this closet which we were missing.  I just hate to throw things away that someone else could use . . . however, it all the pieces aren't there . . . . ::)  What to do, what to do . . . .  ???


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on December 18, 2009, 12:25:45 PM
Hi everyone.  I imagine everyone is up to their eyeballs in holiday activities.   :o  Do what you have to do and let the rest go.   ;D  Family teamwork helps - get everyone involved and stop trying to DO IT ALL.

The events of today are the prime reason for me starting this "New Leaf Club".  Today is our sons birthday.  I have wasted several  hours of my day looking for a card that I "think" I bought for him.  Never found it.  Since I couldn't find it, I decided to find the card from last year and make the same card a "yearly" card adding notes on it each year (I did this with my late MIL for 10+ years, it was fun).  Yeah right - good luck finding a card from last year.  That didn't happen either!  (Although, it might be in our sons room "somewhere" and I didn't want to dig.) Then I decided to "make" him a card on the computer.  The disk wasn't working right and I couldn't get the pictures I needed.  Finally decided I had wasted too much time on this one project and drove to the store 10 minutes away and bought a card!!   ::)  GRRRRRRRRR  I desperately need to get all these things organized so I quit wasting my time looking for things.  With Christmas being next week - now is not the time to be sorting and making messes - but AFTER Christmas - let the madness begin!!   ;D

Hmmmm, the brownies I just baked for his birthday smell yummy (albeit, they are lopsided . . . and I even plopped the pan to get the air bubbles out . . . oh well, I'll put the icing thick on the one side!  LOL).

Hope everyone is doing well - remember, if you don't take care of yourselves, you can't take care of your family. 

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: BeckyG on December 23, 2009, 02:04:23 PM
Just wanted to update!  Been working on cleaning out my kitchen.  Decided that this was a good push to do so! And its such a mess.

Two days till I get my Wii! We will see how this will help me get up outta my chair and move around a little even if its cold out!

Diet.. ok its the holidays.. can we excuse ourselves during this time of delicious cookies, fudge and pies??  Please say yes!  ;D

Lots of Happy Holiday Wishes!

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: RobinBat on December 23, 2009, 02:26:26 PM
Diet? What is that? Does that mean taste every cookie you make? Cause they are all new Gluten Free Recipes so must taste and make sure ok to serve others, right? Been so busy getting ready and baking and such, today  it all hit, I'm beat! Spending evening on the couch! Anything that is left can wait or hubby can do it!
Will turn over my new leaf next week....
Wishing all a great holiday....RobinBat
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on December 28, 2009, 09:10:10 AM
Good morning . . . only a few days of 2009 left!!   :o  To me, this year has gone by quickly.  Hard to believe by the end of this week it will be January and a whole new year, 2010.

Now that Christmas is over, all the running and visiting with friends and family is winding down.  Whew . . . the constant go, go, go can be tiring (not that I did any, but I know some of you did).  As I have stated earlier, this next year I really, really want to downsize and get my home in order so I can quit wasting my precious time and energy hunting for things.

One of the challenges in my home is the lack of storage.  We don't have an attic.  We do have a full size basement that right now is the dumping ground for everything that doesn't fit on the main floor of our home.  (Totes of our sons toys he had when we was younger that we are saving for his kids some day.  Christmas ornaments, tree, etc.  Various holiday decorations, etc.)  TONS of empty boxes - we keep all the original boxes that electronics, etc. come in because if you go to sell them, they are worth more if you have the original box.  These definitely need to be consolidated and sorted (plus, I know there are some boxes there for items we no longer own that need to be knocked down and go to recycle.)  There are totes of misc. papers that need to be sorted and probably, most of them shredded.  I could spend weeks in the basement and still wouldn't get everything finished.  I should start with the upstairs living space first as this is what people see when they walk into my home.  So many things I want to do . . . where to begin first??   :o  LOL

This winter I also want to clean out the freezer while I can put some of the food into the garage while I clean it out and it will stay cold.  Anybody have a system that works for a chest freezer?  I KNOW I should be rotating the incoming food to the bottom and use the older items first . . . I know that in my head . . . but, I tend to open the freezer, put something in.  When I need something, take it off the top and the bottom items never get eaten until they have freezer burn on them and then I end up pitching it.  A waste of money spent on the food.  As you all know, we all can't afford to waste money!!  Another one of my projects.

Last summer I bought a white metal two door cabinet at a garage sale for $1.  It's sitting in the garage right now.  Last week I got this idea to take this cabinet to the basement (haven't moved it yet, need one of the boys to help me).  Once it's in the basement then I can go thru the pantry and take out all the lightbulbs, duct tape, screws, glues, bug sprays, and all the misc. "stuff" hogging two shelves in my pantry and then I can reorganize everything and it will all fit.   ;D  (We have an unheated garage and some of the items shouldn't be out in the heat and cold of the garage or I would have moved them out there long ago.)   Wish I had a deep, walk in pantry where I could put all the pans, etc. that aren't used frequently but are nice to have when you need them.  They take up a lot of room.

Ok . . . just listing all my projects makes me tired.  LOL  Better keep moving along here - I'm multi-tasking doing laundry, paying bills, being on-line.

I have a new magazine coming this next month - Real Simple (got a great deal on this, 1 yr. subscription - 12 issues for $5!).  I'm hoping they will have some helpful hints and suggestions for getting things in order.   :D  If I find anything I think would be noteworthy, I will post.

Have a great day . . . . remember, we're turning over a new leaf.   ;D


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on December 28, 2009, 12:02:29 PM
Hi Bucky

You sound like a very busy lady. It made me tired just reading your post! You will be proud of me today - I actually cleaned out one cupboard. It was something I have been promising to do for a while, but just never had the wherewithall to do it.

When I was studying, we had a module in sociology about the 'doemstic economy'. Basically, if I remember rightly AUDITS were the key to having a balanced life.

A - aquisition
U - utilisation
D - distribution (of)
I - income
T - time (and)
S - skills

However, how many times have we had the income, but not the time, or skills, to do something? Or, we might have the time and skills, but not the income. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: JannaLee on December 30, 2009, 10:55:29 AM
I feel off the wagon since promising to join this group:(

Now I'm getting back to it...and will organize a huge stack of papers this very minute!

Love to you all!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on December 30, 2009, 11:21:19 AM
Kathyx -   I think I fall into the "not the income" bracket.   :D  I always think I can do something if I just had the right tools to do the project.  One of the tools being money!!   :D

JannaLee -  the beauty of this club, if you "fall off the wagon" - we will happily reach out a hand to you and pull you back up by your bootstraps or brastraps - (whichever you prefer).  LOL   ;D   ;D

Don't forget about the "rectangular file" - better known as the trash can!!!   :D

Woohoo - with some Christmas money I received, yesterday I bought two shelving units for the basement.  (I  know, not what you would typically spend Christmas money on - however, if you haven't figured it out by now, I am NOT your "typical" gal.   ;D   ;D)  I have big plans for down there.   ;D

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on December 30, 2009, 11:36:18 AM
Hello Mrs Bucky

You will be very proud of me today - I cleared out 4 kitchen cupboards. Then I went to bed for 2 hours! But I did it, and I feel really proud.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: roetta on December 31, 2009, 11:58:30 AM
Just checking in to say that I have done absolutely nothing about organizing my kitchen so far.

But as soon as I switch to part-time I intend to get on that.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 01, 2010, 11:24:25 AM
Kathyx - good job on the cupboards!!  Every day when I open the two cupboard doors where the plates and bowls are stored I think - I need to take them out and wipe out the cupboard as I can see it is dusty there.  So far, I haven't done it yet . . . next week.   ;) 

Question for everyone - where do you store your spices in the kitchen?  Right now, ours is stored on a lazy susan in a cupboard by the sink which is across the room from the stove/oven.  To me, it would make more sense to put them closer to the stove/oven but I wouldn't think the heat would be good for the spices.  What do you guys think?

I'm thinking of rearranging things in the kitchen to be more useful - just don't know how to do that.  Any suggestions?

I came across a couple good sayings in my Redbook magazine the other day that I liked.  "Give yourself recognition for your organizing accomplishments.  You're more likely to maintain order in a space if you're truly proud of it."  and  "Treat organization the same way you would a diet or exercise plan:  as a lifestyle change.  To maintain results, you have to do a little bit, often."

Have a good weekend.


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 01, 2010, 12:37:50 PM

I think those thoughts from your magazine are really useful. I'll try to think and act upon them. By the way, I'm no great cook, but keep my herbs and spices in a cupboard to the side of the hob, just aboe eye level. Seems ok to me.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Joy Cox on January 01, 2010, 01:01:50 PM
Bucky, my thinking on your two cupboards with plates and bowls. Daughter mentioned to me last summer when visiting that there was a brand named, 'Swiffer' and one can purchase the long handle type and refills are available. Wal-mart is where I got mine. Now, here's my brainstorm idea-I'm only 5 ft. tall-is the use the long handle and dust between and around the dishes. THEN, only the top plate and bowl of each stack will gather dust???????   ::) Wash those few and you're done!!     :o     OMG, this idea just came from one that was considered a perfectionist....once upon a time!!! Bucky, you're a sweetheart... just as is my daughter!!!!

Kathyx, As my hubby and I call it, Joy's Joy...the long-handled Swiffer mentioned above to Bucky is perfect to clean the blades of the ceiling fan blades.

EnJOY your weekend... :-*
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 02, 2010, 09:00:47 PM
Today was a very productive day - although, I hadn't planned on doing any of this today.   ;D

We as a family went out to lunch, then ran to the store and by the time I got home I was ready for a nap.  When we pulled in the garage after we'd been out, I mentioned to the boys that I would like the white metal cabinet in the garage to go to the basement.  Well, they put it in the kitchen!!   ::)  So, I decided to wash out the shelves before taking it to the basement.  Son helped me take it to the basement.  Then I started cleaning out all the "stuff" in the pantry that would now go to the basement and into this cabinet (bug sprays, lightbulbs, duct tape, twine, extension cords, gorilla glue, etc.).  Made four trips to the basement.  Sorted everything and put it away in the cabinet (labeling the boxes, containers as to what was inside each).  Now, I have two "extra" shelves in the pantry.    ;D  I then started sorting out stuff in the pantry to make it more accessible - putting the "not used very often" appliances down on lower shelves so they could be reached and maybe used more often.  Put the divided paper plates and paper cups up higher shelves since they aren't used as often.  Threw out some stuff that I have no idea why I was keeping them as they were cracked, etc.  After rearranging everything, I have "extra" room leftover.   ;D

Next, I cleaned out the cabinet by the stove.  Moved the plastic pitchers and a bunch of travel mugs (geesh, they tend to multiply like rabbits . . . we've been given a bunch of these) to the pantry too.  Once the cabinet was cleared out and wiped out, I moved all the spices over to this spot.  Doesn't look too bad.  I'll have to get used to this as they've been in another spot for the last 17-3/4 yrs.

I wiped out the two shelves in the cabinet I took the spices out of and now they sit EMPTY!!   ;D  Not sure what I will put in there.  I can never recall having "empty" space in our cupboards before . . . it's nice!!   ;D

I did all this in three hours and never did get my nap!!   ::)  Actually, after I got going I wasn't as tired . . . I guess seeing the instant results of my work helped to motivate me and keep me going.

The next thing I want to work on this next week is the pans.  Do you guys keep the lids together with your pans or keep them in a rack?  My new range that is coming this week has a drawer in the bottom, so I will be able to put some stuff there.  Maybe the cookie sheets??

I will sleep well tonight.   ;D


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 03, 2010, 01:51:43 AM

I feel exhausted just reading about your exploits! Well done you, that's a wonderful achievement. You know those empty shelves will fill up pretty soon. It's amazing how much stuff we have, isn't it?

Hope you are not too tired.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 04, 2010, 11:19:24 AM
Be careful what you watch on tv or read before going to bed . . . . I picked up my book, For Packrats Only by Don Aslett and was thumbing thru it.  Don has a lot of good books on cleaning, sorting, and dejunking your life.  I couldn't get to sleep for over TWO HOURS -instead of visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, cleaning and projects kept going thru my head.   ::) I just couldn't turn it off to sleep.

Anyhow, you know how some times when you read something it's as if it was written just to you?  Well, the following is true for me and I thought I would share with you all.  (sorry, this might be a little long, but worth it)

Dig to Display!
The process of dejunking isn't done until the useful is used!

"We too often think of dejunking only in terms of tossing it, giving it away, selling it, or repacking it for another decade.  There's some good stuff stuffed away here and there, and at the time you buried it in that chest or closet you had a reason, maybe a vision of it playing a very special part in your life someday.  So when you come across it during an uncluttering surge, act on it -- get it out of the closet and into use, out of mothballs and onto the hall wall.  Frame it, mount it, display it, enjoy it.  "I'm saving it for later" is about the saddest excuse going.

Why hobble through a second-rate life with your first-rate stuff in storage?  It won't mean much to others when you go, so why not activate it now?  Breathe life (or new life) into it -- don't commit an unintentional mercy killing by smothering it under or in a corner of one of your cobwebbed cabinets!

If those are the good dishes, what does that make these?  Get out your good tablecloth, your good silver, your good jewelry, and the good crystal.  Do you honestly think your great-granddaughter (yet to be born) is going to appreciate those things more than you do?  Appreciate them and enjoy them now -- in this lifetime.  Don't just be a dusty storehouse for all the good stuff."

Hmmmm, wonder if Don has been looking around my house??  :o  In the hall chest I have several pretty tablecloths - never used.  I bought them on "clearance" (what else . . LOL) with the intentions of proudly displaying them on our dining room table.  They are winter scenes of snow and birds - so perfect for this time of year.  My excuse?  But they are too pretty to use  - I don't want anything spilled on them!!   ::)  No worries there - they are behind doors in darkness, never having seen the light of day.   :(   Know what would look perfect on these tablecloths?  The pretty "winter" dishes I have squirreled away in the basement - never used.  I bought them because they too were pretty (and I had always wanted them, bought them with my Christmas bonus from work) and I had hoped to have company over and use them.  Didn't happen as it would be too much work to get the house in shipshape to entertain.  Let's see, the tablecloths are at least five years old and the dishes two years old.   Sad to want things, buy them and then don't use them.   :( 

I bet I am not the only one to do this.  I KNOW my mother bought clothes that she never wore - as we cleaned out her closet with the price tags still attached.  If push came to shove, I bet a person could easily furnish another person something for every room in their house that is sitting unused in our own houses. 

As I have mentioned in previous posts - my intentions this year - 2010 - is to go thru my home and sort, purge and get rid of the excess.  How many dishtowels does one family really need?  Granted, some of these excess items were gifts given to you.  It was not money spent out of your own pocket - however, it does take up space in your home - in your cabinet, hall closet or whereever it is kept.  By the time we finally do use it, it will be so brittle it will fall apart or silverfish or some other bug has taken up residence in it. 

Another good book I have is:  It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh (from the tv series, Clean Sweep).  Like I've said, I KNOW what I need to do, it's just a matter of doing it!!  Wish we all lived closer and we could team up and work together - that would be great.  I am real good at getting rid of other peoples stuff - it's just my own that I have a hard time with.   ::)

Ok - I've got to get moving - I am making progress - s-l-o-w-l-y. 

Bucky  ;D

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bernice on January 04, 2010, 11:40:20 AM
I so want to join this club, BUT I ain't really to commit! My only problem areas are my closet and sheld, now I can commit to the sheld getting cleaned out cause my husband and sons are planning to do this, but that closet of mine is a whole noter story. I need to be geared up to withstand the long hours of sorting and  transfering of tons of clothing that I can no longer fit, having to carry it away. But what I dread the most is trying on most of them only to have my thighs denied entrance to MY clothing! It's too the point I have hard time finding clothes to wear, need to sort through them! Oh I do need to have my carpets cleaned, especially after the holiday visits.

Shoot if my husband would pick up, claen up after himself my house would always stay kept! I have thought about maybe labeling stuff he uses so he knows where to find and replace it.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 06, 2010, 04:44:12 PM
Kathyx -  I thought of you today as I finally got around to wiping out three cupboards today in the kitchen.   ;D  This is a little job I have been procrastinating on for a very long time and guess what??  It only took me 10 minutes to take the plates, bowls and cups out and wipe the shelves down.   Will my family notice any difference?  NO . . . but, I do!!   ;D

In our kitchen we have an attached  "snack bar".  There are four chairs around this snack bar.  Lately, only one person could sit at the snack bar as the rest of the counter had papers, plastic bags and "stuff" piled there.  I cleaned it all today and guess what?  There is actually a snack bar there again!!!   ;D  It is clear of clutter and looks really good.  Makes the room look bigger too!!

Having clear counters in the kitchen makes it look so much better.  Makes me happy.   ;D

I'm going to try really, really hard to keep it this way.  Like anything, it will have to be a constant work in progress, not a one time fix.

Hope everyone is doing well - have a great week.


P.S.  My corner cabinet  in the kitchen STILL has two empty shelves in it!!  Yay!!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bernice on January 07, 2010, 08:24:33 AM
My sister just came and dropped off a arm load of clothes she has outgrown! My husband just had to say something when he walked in "Why didn't you tell her you don't have room in your closet for these?"


Well I did say this to her, but I do at least want to see what's in this load I may like and want to keep!

My sister has good taste in clothes, it's not like my mother has picked out something for me again, I been done stopped her from bringing her outdated stuff. Don't get me wrong my mother is a very well dressed woman, but for some reason what she buys for others makes you wonder!

I kept outdated stuff that she bought me on a regular, not wanting to offend her,so I showed up one time in one of those "outfits" just to let her see me and these clothes don't match! She finally got it!

My husband commented because he used to have to haul off all my mother's freewill gifts. I give to Goodwill, but mostly to young ladies at churches and I don't give anyone anything I would not wear!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 07, 2010, 01:30:51 PM
Well done Bucky

You must feel that you have really achieved something - having a much bigger room is wonderful! Keep up the good work! I've not done anything extra this week. It's been hard enough struggling with the snow and ice. It looks beautiful, but adding an extra 2 - 3 hours on to travel time to work is no joke.

Keep warm everyone. Can't resist saying, we're off on a Caribbean cruise in 4 weeks. I'm counting the hours.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bernice on January 07, 2010, 02:37:42 PM
Keep warm everyone. Can't resist saying, we're off on a Caribbean cruise in 4 weeks. I'm counting the hours.


Oh! How I wish!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Chickpea on January 07, 2010, 03:53:14 PM
Bucky - I know exactly what you mean about keeping counters clear and clean.  We seem to accumulate piles of papers, magazine articles, postcards, 'useful' lists etc etc.  On lazy days my idea of tidying up is to move the piles from one place to another; on better days they actually get tackled!

Kathy sweetie - none of us would dream of resenting you your Caribbean cruise.  Wish we could join you - of course!  But so happy for you because you deserve it so much.

Love to all - Chickpea
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 08, 2010, 01:44:43 PM

Thank you. That means a lot to me.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 09, 2010, 04:57:54 PM
Kathyx - wow, two - three hours travel time for work because of the snow!!   :o  Definitely is not fun!!

A Caribbean cruise??  Lucky you!!!  "I'm counting the hours." . . . . I bet you are, I would be too!!  Enjoy!!

Today, I attempted to keep working on weeding out the magazine pile - however, Spooky (our cat), who was inside for a while to get out of the cold (she's an outdoor cat) - decided my lap was a perfect place to curl up in.  If I tried to look at a magazine she would keep nudging my hand to pet her.  So, I gave up on the magazines and let Spooky enjoy my lap and the extra attention.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: kimbo on January 10, 2010, 04:53:40 PM

I am always trying to catchup on these post.... I just read #39 your book share post. I am still on board here.

I have been diligently going after any and all clutter, unused, and un needed article, clothing or paper etc.

As you know my own personnel Flue fire crises, recently brought about a smoke filled house. All is well.

3 great ladies sent by my ins co. cleaned my whole house top to bottom. Not one single piece of lint or dust was left behind, these ladies took no prisoners, in their process of making my house like new, it took 2 days. They said they did not see any smoke damages, just a lot of clean up. My house sparkles.   ;D

I am feeling pretty good about my house. But as you say; it is an on going process. I plan on continuing to make my life simpler by minimising stuff.

The simpler we make our lives the easier our sjoggy minds can focus on what really matters.

Blessings kimbo
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: genko_b on January 10, 2010, 07:21:29 PM
Kathyx - Have a great cruise! What a wonderful thing to look forward to this time of year.

Joy - Swiffers are the best invention ever. I'm a firm believer in them.

Bucky - You are right about using "good" things rather than saving them for unknown future event. When my sister and I settled our mother's estate, the old house was full to the brim of things we never had even seen before. As we went through them, we each agreed to keep only things we would use, and to sell or give away the rest. We are using my mother's "good china," now over 70 years old, and my sister is using our grandmother's "good" china, which is over 100.

I also have a beautiful set of Japanese eggshell porcelain, hand painted with scenes of families in kimono at different seasons of the year, a wedding gift to my grandmother, that we use to serve tea. It is exquisite and a real conversation piece. And we don't have to dig it out of a box to use it. If it breaks, it breaks - at least we will have gotten some pleasure out of it.

But we got rid of so much more. It was difficult to do at first, but now we don't miss any of those things. You just have to keep that in mind when decluttering - the results are so worth it.


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: RobinBat on January 11, 2010, 07:09:07 AM
OK, Have not done alot yet, but have 1/2 the ornaments off the tree and it's only 10am. My goal is to undecorate two trees today. Will be really happy if get one done as also have some errands to do that didn't get done on Friday since the car spent the day at the dealer...$650 later...and that is not counting the $900 the warranty covered! Just taking a break....OK, back to work....
will check in later and let you all know if I did it!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 11, 2010, 06:59:53 PM
Genko - the two sets of china and the set of Japanese eggshell porcelain sound so pretty.  I'm glad that you and your sister are using these family heirlooms and enjoying then versus keeping them packed away. 

I have two cardboard boxes of "pretties" that I need to go thru - take pictures of - and then find somewhere to display.  One box are things of my late mother's that Dad let me have from Moms china cabinet.  The other box are things from my late MIL.  I need to take pictures of the items before they get mixed up so I know what belonged to who.

That's a difficult area too . . . when you acquire items - be it jewelry, furniture, serving pieces, knick knacks, clothes, etc. from family members.  I had to finally say I couldn't take everything of my Mother's - plus have room in my house for my own things.  One thing I would suggest if you find yourself in this same situation is to take pictures of the items so you have a keepsake memory of them, just not the particular item.

I have a few things that I had received as gifts from my late sister.  I don't use them, nor display them as they don't fit in with my decor - yet I hang on to them, for the sole reason . . . my sister gave them to me.  According to Peter Walsh - I need to let them go so someone who will use them can appreciate them.  Again, I just can't save everything my sister ever gave me.

I've seen some of those shows on Hoarding - where people hang on to e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g . . . . I'm not that bad.  But I can understand how that happens.

RobinBat - good luck with undecorating your trees. 


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: roetta on January 12, 2010, 06:46:59 AM
Today is my first day of my new part-time schedule that I get to spend at home. I plan to attack the desk in the home office. Right now it is so covered in paper we can't actually see the top of the desk, but I'm sure it's under there somewhere!  ;)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: roetta on January 12, 2010, 10:17:56 AM
What do you know there was a desk under there!! I even cleaned out a few files. Filled up a shredder. Taking a break and watching a movie as a treat.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 12, 2010, 10:33:50 AM
Roetta - woohoo . . . good for you!!   :D  Isn't it amazing what we can find when we start digging through the clutter??  By taking a break you are following one of the key things all the organizing gurus say - do a little at a time.  It didn't get that way overnight and you can't expect it to be in tiptop shape in 15 minutes!  A lot of people quit even before they get started because the task becomes too overwhelming.  A little at a time is the key!!  Good job!!   ;D

Enjoy your new part-time schedule!!   :D

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: RobinBat on January 12, 2010, 11:56:27 AM
Second tree de-decorated. Is that a word? :D I'm just glad I finished. Now to pack up all the other decorations...I go overboard and since I do two holidays we have alot...just about every room has something...will take a few more days as am trying to pack up in some sort of order. Usually all together and a mess when putting out, want all of same things together. All towels together, all hanukkah together, all thow pillows together ....etc...all xmas linens, hanukkah placemats, you can see I have way too much and love it all. So no downsizing for me yet....
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: harlin on January 12, 2010, 12:24:26 PM
Good for you. We took a cruise 10 yrs ago to eastern Carabien. What a great time we had. 3 ports Porta Rico, Tortolla and St Thomas. Man would I love to go again. Enjoy the sun but not to much. I got so burnt that I could not sit down for a couple of days, I was laying on deck watching the Pool Games and it was cloudy. Didn't think I would be burnt but boy did I. Take lots of sunscreen!!
And Eat until you  burst. The food is fabulous!! You can eat 24 hours a day!!
Best wishes and have a great time!!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 12, 2010, 01:52:50 PM

Thank you! We are determined to enjoy ourselves, but I'm not sure we will eat too much. I had lost a few kilos before Christmas, but it has crept back, so I'm now trying to lose some more. I will be having surgery a month after our return, so don't want to be too fat for the recovery.

We are going to Aruba, Princess Cays, Barbados, and a couple of other places. I haven't got the details to hand at the moment, and my brain is bewildered, but I will find out and let you know at some point.

I've not been doing any clearing out, but will discard some of the holiday clothes that no longer fit, once I get the packing organised.

Hope you are keeping as well as you can.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: harlin on January 12, 2010, 02:01:35 PM
what cruise line are you taking. We went Carnival and had a blast. We went with 2 other couples. Make sure you see the fantastic shows they are awsome. We stayed up until about 1am and got up about 7. We didn't sleep much, to much to do. Is this your first cruise? I would like to take the disney cruise. Can't get my daughter to go  tho. Afraid of ships. Told her you don't know you are on a ship it is so big. Unreal. You will have a great time. Think of me.  :D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Chickpea on January 13, 2010, 08:39:18 AM
Kathy and Harlin - these cruises sound great.  I'd love to go on one and apparently they're brilliant for people in wheelchairs.  Not sure my husband would enjoy it much - too much fun and frivolity! 

Robin - your family sounds like ours.  We celebrate Chanukah and Christmas, plus both my sons have December birthdays.  Imagine the mess we live in that month!

Love to all - Chickpea
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 13, 2010, 01:28:38 PM
Hi Harlin

We are going on the Ruby Princess on Feb 08. This will be our third cruise - no, we are not lottery winners! Our first was for our 30 wedding anniversary and we saved for 5 years, the second was my 50 birthday - courtesy of an inheritance and this one is an insurance policy that has matured.

David and I lead a very sedate life, and don't spend much on socialising, so we use that money to save up for holidays. To be honest, we've both had some poor health/health scares, so we have decided to have holidays while we can - we never know when we wont be able to travel.


A cruise is a wonderful opportuity for people with limited mobility. I met several wheelchair users last time, and they were thoroughly enjoying their holiday. I think you should seriously consider at least one cruise. It would be wonderful for you.

I'm going to take a walking cane with me, as I tend to tire very easily - especially in the sun, but I really need to feel that heat, and absorb the solar power.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Joy Cox on January 13, 2010, 06:26:25 PM
    8)   Those are the most beautiful emerald blue waters! And, Barbados is getting down toward equator and the water is even more beautiful and the temp. will be perfect this time of year that far down. Get excited... have the time of your life!!!!    :-*
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: JannaLee on January 14, 2010, 05:47:25 AM
Ah, solar power!!

Kathy, it's going to feel so good!

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 16, 2010, 09:13:26 AM
Good morning . . . happy Saturday to everyone   ;D

Today, I am sorting through all my warranty files.  We just got a new range and microwave/vent combo and I am looking through my files to take out the owners manual for the old range and range hood.  Out with the old, in with the new!   ;D  Plus, I'm "trying" to find the owners manual for our old microwave as we are giving it to a niece and want to pass along the manual with it.   

I had started at one time (years ago) sorting out all the owners manuals into smaller files - tools, household appliances, electronics, games, etc.  Somehow, I never finished (big surprise  ::)), so I need to get all the files out again and start over.  Ugh!  Not today!   :D

Now that the new range is in and working (they had to come yesterday to adjust the settings for LP - which they should have done before delivering the range  ::)), I can decide what to do with the pots and pans.  I'll have to play around with it arranging them different spots to see which spot works the best.  (I know, no major rocket science project - but, still something I want to do to make my cooking experience more streamlined and efficient.)  Look out Paula Dean, Rachel Ray, Julia Child, Emeril, Bobby Flay and Steven Raichlen - Bucky is going to take over your jobs!!!   Yeah, right!  NOT!!  LOL

Have a good day.   ;D

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 16, 2010, 10:00:12 AM

A new range sounds really exciting. I think finding places for thepots and pans will become easier, once you've started to use the range.

My contribution to clearing out, is sorting some clothes for the charity shop. They were things I really 'needed' - somuch so, that they have at in a suitcase for 12 months, so obviously, I don't need them that much!

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: RobinBat on January 16, 2010, 11:55:27 AM
Holiday stuff is all packed up! Well ,the sand snowman is still waiting for the bubble wrap that Hubby has to get out for me....Not bad only one item unpacked up! Next to dust and put back odds and ends and pictures that I took down before decorating...not today....I also did two loads of laundry and went to the store....I think it is time to lay on couch and read my book. Yes? All agree? Good that is what I am going to do. Hubby went to deliver a car so will be gone for 3-4 has been walked...My time now.
Happy Sat. all!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 16, 2010, 02:11:14 PM

That sounds like a good plan. What are you reading?

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: RobinBat on January 16, 2010, 06:17:54 PM
I just finished Clara's war, Was a very good book although somewhat depressing, set during WWII. Young girl's diary type thing, sort of like Anne Frank except she is still alive and didnt write this book about it till recently.

Started another called Top Producer so far slow going, better get better or stopping and going on to something else.

I love to read, I read just about anything except weird sci fi stuff. Not into that.

Even squeezed a 30 minute nap in on the couch this afternoon! Of course that means won't want to go to bed...oh wll...will take my sleep where ever I get it.

It's raining and my hands are aching something fierce, my foot is complaining too. Don't think i will be going to bed easily tonight.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 17, 2010, 01:17:01 PM
Hi Robin

I love to read too - although when I've been working, I rarely get past a couple of pages when I read in bed. Today I have been to Asda and bought three new Jodi Picault books. I can't wait to get cracking with them. I recently read the Feeney family saga - first one is called A Long way from Heaven, by Shelagh Kelly. The saga starts in the potato famine in Ireland and follows three generations after their move to York in the UK. I first read them about 20 years ago, but they are the kind of books that make an impact, particularly if you have Irish ancestry, as I do.

Hope you feel better soon, and manage to get some sleep.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: RobinBat on January 17, 2010, 05:18:49 PM
I have read most of Jodi Picault's books, have not read the newest one yet, not even sure if out yet. Never read any Shelagh Kelly will look for her at the library next time I go.
Thanks for the suggestions, I like to hear what others are reading.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 21, 2010, 12:20:05 PM
Hi everyone.

Yesterday and today I have been sorting through all the 2009 bills that have been paid and consolidating them together to file away.

Trying to make sure I have all the deductions we can count toward our taxes accounted for. 

We have become such  paper consuming peoples!!   :o  Waaaaay too much!!

A little at a time . . . .  ;D

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 21, 2010, 12:41:21 PM
Well done Mrs Bucky! You're putting me to shame at the moment - but I will be back with a vengeance, once I get some energy!

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: genko_b on January 21, 2010, 04:29:16 PM
Well I usually figure that the winter months after the holidays are the time to do indoors work and then I'm out in the garden as soon as things start to come up. But here in Seattle we have had unseasonably warm and dry weather (for which we will pay later, no doubt), so my day to do correspondence and filing turned into all day in the garden instead.

It is not supposed to get cold again here before spring, so perhaps I should just plan to wait until after the next round of holidays to deal with the papers. That would be January 2011. Sounds good to me.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Scottietottie on January 21, 2010, 05:12:41 PM
Hi   :)

Late joiner. I'm not exactly doing what this thread is about either because I'm not actually throwing stuff out yet - I need to - but I'm doing something else that needs to be done. When my father died I ended up with all the photo albums, sort of by default. I have a brother and a sister, so this is not fair.

i've started scanning and cataloguing all the photos so I can make CDs for everyone. It's pretty time consuming. I'll get round to the chucking out bit when I've done with this. It's only been in my diary as a "to do task" for about 14 years! I won't be chucking albums though.

Take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 22, 2010, 05:50:18 AM
Genko - I bet during the winter months you are just itching to get outside to work in your gardens.   I'm sure this 2010 growing season will be just as beautiful as all your previous gardens.  You are truly talented in this area!!   ;D

Scottie -   you qualify as you are organizing your life!   ;D  Sounds like you have your work cut out for you with all those pictures.  It will definitely be time consuming for you - but a treasured keepsake when you are done. 

Only on your "to do" list for 14 years??  Not bad!!   ;)  Then there's still hope for me!   :D  My brothers and I still have to do this too with all the "loose" photos my Mom had kept through the years.  Plus, the one-of-a-kind photo albums from anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, graduations, weddings, births, etc. 

Kathyx - save up your energy for your trip!!  (Don't worry, all the things on your "to do" list will still be waiting for you when you get back!!)   ;D


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: BeckyG on January 27, 2010, 03:14:45 PM
:) Checking in! Though I haven't done my excerisnig the last week (You know kidney stones are just not comfortable enough to go jumping up and down!)  I did get a positive from my doc at my follow up appoitment! I lost ten pounds since my last visit! Yeah me!  Doc said that was great! About a pound a week which is the best way to do it! Nice and slow.

As for cleaning out that office closet... well its almost spring right? That sounds like a good time to do it...
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 28, 2010, 01:36:32 PM

Quite right, spring is soon enough to do the clearing out. :D

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on January 28, 2010, 07:44:13 PM
Today, I was continuing my cleaning in the kitchen.  I moved some of my mixing bowls and glass baking dishes up to the empty cupboard I cleared out a couple of weeks ago.  I figured it would make more sense to have them at eye level instead of in the lower corner cabinet where they have been.  While cleaning out the corner cabinet I got rid of some containers for food storage that I am not using (going into my garage sale this spring).  I also brought up from the basement a Rubbermaid food storage set that I bought brand new at a garage sale in the fall of 2007 and have never used.   ::)  I washed them all up this afternoon, dried them and now they have a new home in the corner cabinet.   ;D

My niece came and picked up the microwave this week - so now I have more room on the counter where it used to be.   ;D

I've been experimenting moving things around to different spots (canisters, bread box, cooking utensils, etc.).  Everything in our kitchen has been in the same exact spot for the last 18 years!!   :o  It looks so different when they are in a different spot (I admit, I have moved some things back). 

A little at a time . . .  ;D

Becky - sorry you haven't been feeling well with those nasty kidney stones.   You're right, the closet can wait till Spring.   :D  Good job on the weight loss.  Yay!! 

Kathyx - do you have your suitcase packed yet???  Won't be too much longer.   :D

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: harlin on January 29, 2010, 10:12:38 AM
Can I go with you ??? ??? I am freezing. I can't work around the house when I am so cold. I NEED SOME SUN>
Kathy have a great time. I am jealous!!
Enjoy the sun for me.
hugs harlin
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on January 29, 2010, 01:29:05 PM
Hi Harlin
It would be wonderful if I could take all my SJS friends with me. I think I'm solar powered, I'm so looking forward to the sunshine. The tickets came today, which makes it seem very real now.


Yes, the packing is nearly done. I have a few things that won't fit, but am going to do a bit of shopping tomorrow, and get my hair trimmed. I've had it really short for about 15 years, but have been growing it for about 9 months now, and it's finally long enough to have a manageable style. Depending on my skill with my new (pink!) camera, I will try to post a photo at some point.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on February 23, 2010, 10:04:34 AM
Happy Tuesday to y'all   ;D

Since there is bright sunshine outside reflecting off our lovely snow it gives the false impression that it is warm outside.   8) NOT!!  Since I was cold, and tired of the on/off w/sweater, decided that I would do some cleaning - always warms me up  ::)  With Spring just around the corner, I would get a jump start on Spring cleaning.  A little at a time.

So, I'm dividing the rooms cleaning into "sections" - moved furniture in part of the living room and vacuumed carpet and baseboards.  Also vacuumed the cold air return vents - boy, those things get dusty!!  I vacuumed the whole living room but only moved furniture out in part of it - will move some out another day.   :D

Just a handy tip I'll pass along - they make these wonderful furniture "sliders"  that you can buy at hardware stores - they might even carry them at Wal-Mart, not sure.  Anyhow, they are these plastic disks that you slide under the corners of whatever it is you are moving and they glide effortlessly across the floor (can be used on carpet, wood, ceramic tile, linoleum).  I have moved a fully loaded entertainment center w/tv, etc. on it BY MYSELF!!  It just slid right across the carpet.  Now use your own judgement - I don't want anyone hurting themselves trying to move their entertainment center by themselves . . . I'm just saying that I did it and it was effortless using these "sliders".

Ok - now I need a nap!!  LOL   ;D  My schedule is too busy for a nap today.   :'(  Better keep moving along.

Have a good day.   ;D

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on June 22, 2010, 01:56:58 PM
Hello . . . .

It's been a while since I've posted on this thread.  I'm still plugging along with my projects . . . s-l-o-w-l-y.

Yesterday, I went through this tote I keep my son's school papers/information in and got it all cleaned up and ready for this next school year.   ;D  When he was younger - in pre-school and grade school, I would keep sooooo many of his papers, artwork, notes from teachers, etc.  I have several boxes full of things I have kept for him.  They probably won't mean anything to him later - but, I love looking through them.   :D  I guess, in a way, it's something I wish my Mom would have done for me.  I would have loved to see the things I did when I was younger.

Another lifesaver for me is my calendar.  I am a calendar person . . . I have the current month on the refrigerator and it includes any doctor appt's, hair appt's., birthdays, anniversaries, parties, school activities, etc.   This is what keeps me "on track".   ;D  Plus . . . every one in the family knows to check the calendar before committing to something to see if there isn't already something going on that day.  If I ever lose the pocket 2-yr. calendar I keep in my purse, I'm sunk!!  I have kept all my calendars since 1976!!   :o  I like to read through them now and then and reminisce from years gone by.

You'll never believe what I did today!!   :o  I am NOT an impulse buyer . . never have been.  This morning I was watching tv and there was this infomercial on for this exercise product.   I watched the 30 minute program.  I'm thinking . . hey, I can do that.  Part of my "New Leaf Club" for me included getting some exercise into my week/year.  Of course, they tote the slogan . . . "if you buy within the next 15 minutes, we'll slash the payment by blah, blah, blah" . . . . "but wait, if you call now - we'll throw in these "extra" items" . . blah, blah, blah.  Hmmmm . . . well, that's not too bad a deal.  (tapping finger to chin  :D) 

I know several members and friends of mine go to Curves and exercise.  I've "kinda" looked into that . . too expensive for me - plus, I was looking for something to do at home so I wouldn't have to get out and about all the time.  I could do it from the comforts of my own living room.  Well . . . . I checked out this product on-line at their website, they had the same offer there (reduced payment, plus FREE items) . . . and . . . I ordered it!!   :o

My birthday is coming up in July . . . this is a gift to myself.   ;D  Plus, if I confess it publicly (to you guys), that means I've GOT to use it - as I am a person of my word.   So . . . . now I wait for it to be delivered some time within the next two weeks.

I'll keep you posted.   ;D

Have a good day . . . do what you can, when you can.  Just remember . . . one day at a time.   :D


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on June 23, 2010, 02:44:15 AM

I like your style girl. You obviously NEEDED that equipment ;) I'm promising myself that I will lose two stones, and get myself into shape for Michael's wedding next June.

Will be watching for your updates.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on June 24, 2010, 03:06:58 PM
Sunshine greetings from Central Illinois this afternoon   8)  After the torrential downpour of rain we had last night along with high winds, thunder and lightning - the sunshine is a welcome sight. 

Another motivator for me to start this New Leaf Club is I wanted to get things in my home organized, downsized and such.  Well . . . . last night with the heavy rains several of the windows in our basement leaked . . . . so, we have water in the basement.  UGH!!    >:(  This is not the first time this has happened.  I have asked and asked hubby what we're going to do about this.  I hate having my things ruined in the basement (I store the Christmas tree, ornaments, artificial flowers, wreaths, things I'm saving for our son, etc.)  MOST things in the basement are stored in totes . . . thank goodness for that.   However, I also have a bunch of cardboard boxes that were sitting on the floor . . . they are quite soggy now.   >:(  At least some of them were empty so nothing inside got ruined. 

I'm to the point I just want the four windows taken out of our basement and just cement block the holes.  That way there will be no entrance point for the rain.  We've had sooooo much rain this year - I've had enough!  I'm not a nagging wife, but I AM going to keep pressing this issue until it is resolved!   You would think that after being married for 18 yrs. that he would have learned by now:  "Do it Bucky's way and nobody gets hurt!!"   ;D

I can bet you he'd resolve it in a heartbeat if it was his camera equipment down in the basement getting wet or damp!!   :o

Once things settle down around here (having lots of out-of-state visitors coming in July), then I can concentrate on downsizing in the basement.  Ugh . . . . don't look forward to all the trips up and down the stairs.   ::)

I don't know if where you live they have advertisements or commercials for places that buy scrap gold or silver.  Here they do.  So, last night I'm looking through some old jewelry of mine, plus looking through a bunch of jewelry from an estate my Mom gave me years ago.  Pick out a few pieces each of gold and silver of some broken jewelry and some not broken jewelry.  Anyhow, short version of this story . . today, my son and I went to this jewelry store, had them look at the jewelry and ended up walking out of the place with a check for $121!!   ;D  Woohoo . . . . . so, this money more than pays for the exercise equipment I ordered on Tuesday and I'll have money left over.   :D

So, if you DO have these same offers where you live, and you have some broken chains, bracelets, earrings, etc. that are just sitting around your house gathering dust, trade them in for cash!!  If I had bought something at the jewelry store, they would have doubled the value making it worth $242.  I didn't even look . . I took the check and ran!!   ;D


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Joy Cox on June 24, 2010, 08:04:00 PM
Hey Sweet Bucky, You are sure the rain is coming in through the windows. In our other home, we did not put rock and a drain system around foundation and when we would get real heavy rains the water would seep down to the bottom of the block foundation and leak at the bottom block and the concrete floor.

What hubby did was make sure all down spouts were piped away from the house. Just a thought... as our son and his family live in that home now.  And, occasionally he forgets to clean gutters on the ranch type home and gutters overflow and it still wets basement.

We left him the dehumidifier when we moved... Now if they would just empty it!!!    :(    Enough said....Mama Joy
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on June 25, 2010, 01:58:55 AM

I think the only way you will get the windows/leak sorted is to put his camera equipment down there. That'll each him :) Well done with the jewellery. Think you need to decide what else you need to buy with the extra bit ;)

Joy, kids just have to learn from their own mistakes, don't they. We used to have a dehumidifier, and it was a pain to empty. Son has been talking about getting one that can be plumbed through the wall. That sounds like a good idea, but I bet it will cost a fortune.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on June 25, 2010, 11:23:30 AM
Joy - yes, I am sure the water is coming in via the windows.   Almost two years ago when we had an another big rain water was literally pouring into the basement from the window.  The windowwell was full of water and just came gushing into the basement.  I walk past the basement door and can hear water.  Turn on the light, head down the stairs and holler for hubby.  We stood under this window with a big tote catching the rain as it poured in and then took it and emptied the tote into the basement drain.  Went back and forth like this for what seemed like hours.   ::)  Ugh!!

We've had a landscaper come and put lots of dirt around the foundation of the house - especially around the windowwells.  Guess that's not enough.   :(  The windows are old and just need to come out.  I had wanted to put in some of those thick block windows - but since this last rain, I want the windows taken out, period.

Hubby did come home last night with a few names of some people to call.   ;D  In my opinion, this should be a priority right now . . . it has rained so much this year and will only continue to do so . . . we'll see how it plays out.  Bet 'cha I win!!   ;)

Kathyx -  I've already promised the remaining money to our son so he can use it towards some golf items he will need for school.  Even though I wanted to keep it for myself . . . I shared.   :D

Have a good weekend everyone . . . IT'S FRIDAY!!

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on June 25, 2010, 11:52:19 AM

I ought to have known you would share the spoils out. :)

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Joy Cox on June 26, 2010, 07:30:59 PM
Bucky, honey, Up for another garage sale?

From all the weather maps I watch, everything seems to be going through the Ohio Valley right into your neighborhood. Every once in a while I  make an offer to pay half, it hubby will pay other half.  Maybe, by getting back in that jewelry box and a garage sale, you can get the job done! :)  Looking forward to hearing you have closed in the windows with block.  :)

We are so very dry here in ETN, just the opposite of you folks, as we are over 6 1/2"  below usual rain.  It was 93 here today... 10 degrees above normal. 

The pasture is getting scarce and all the cows are black, so they stay in shade in hottest part of day; not grazing. Hubby is beginning to sell off some of the cattle.

Keep us updated as to progress with window replacement.s   Joy

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on June 27, 2010, 07:59:16 PM
Joy - I tried the garage sale scene the beginning of the month . . . all my time and energy put into setting up a sale and sitting out there for three days only netted us $57!!   :o  Soooooo disappointing!!  For some reason, I didn't have all the customers I usually have and the ones who did come, weren't buying.   :'(

Believe me, I've rechecked my jewelry box . . . nothing to take.   ::)

Oh well . . . . I keep hoping that money tree will sprout in the backyard!!!   ;D

Be on the lookout for a package coming your way in the form of liquid . . . . rain that is . . . r-a-i-n.  We've had ENOUGH here!!

Hubby and I "looked" at the thick block windows last night at Menard's.  We've gotten a few masonry names that hubby will call this week.   :D

Have a good week . . the last few days of June!!   :o  Whoa . . . where's the year going so fast???


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Joy Cox on June 29, 2010, 06:42:13 PM
Hey Bucky, You must have sent your package overnight rate...  Much appreciated, 1/2" rain last night... Some areas got as much as 1 1/2"... Please send more our way!!! ;D    Joy
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on June 30, 2010, 09:56:37 AM
Joy - glad your package arrived.   ;D  Will send more - although, I can't promise it in the next few days - but, will try.   :D 

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on July 09, 2010, 10:34:13 AM
Told ya I'd get my way!!   ;D  Today hubby called a masonry back and we've scheduled him to come and take out our basement windows and fill the area in with block.   We debated about putting in those big block windows - but, the price quote helped make up our mind!  LOL  We're not down in the basement that often so having the light from windows wasn't such a big deal.  Having a dry basement is more important to me.  Now, we just have to wait a couple weeks until Steve has a chance to fit us into his schedule.  That's ok - I can wait, at least we're getting this taken care of.  Yay!!

One Happy Camper . . . Bucky   ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Katybarstool on July 09, 2010, 10:56:37 AM
Well done Mrs Bucky

Your tenacity paid off!

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Bucky on July 22, 2010, 01:32:08 PM
YAY . . . it's a done, did, deal!!!  The masonry man called this morning, came and took out the four basement windows and blocked them up.  We SHOULD have no more water in the basement from the torrential downpours of rain we have been experiencing the last two years.

Plus, it will give me more room around the perimeter walls for storage shelves, without the worry of leaking from the windows.   ;D

It's much darker in the basement now . . . duh, we took out four windows!!   ::)  LOL  It's also cooler too  ;D, so maybe it will help with the AC and heating bills.  

OK - I just now had a lightbulb moment . . . wondered why I have a headache today - I don't get headaches very often.  It's from the cement smell coming up through the vents!!   Thankfully, I keep the bedroom vent closed - so hopefully, I won't smell it in there.  You know us Sjoggies and our smell sensitivities.   ::)  Hopefully, the cement will dry quickly - anybody have an idea how long (days) it takes?


P.S.  The man was SUPPOSE to give us a call two days BEFORE he came . . . NOT two hours before he shows up!!!   :o   ::)  I'm just lucky that I was home for him to come so we could get this done TODAY.  

I sure hurried around this morning doing some cleaning . . . I have family coming for a visit Monday so I've been working on things, so it wasn't too bad.  I hate those YIKES phone calls that someone is coming and you frantically pick up, stash and hide things!   :o  Of course, none of us do that kind of thing . . . .  ;)

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club
Post by: Joy Cox on July 22, 2010, 08:28:06 PM
BUCKY, BUCKY, BUCKY, So very happy for you!!! Way to go, girl!!!:D 

Usually mortar sets up overnight...not sure how long smell will last.

Know from experience a product is made that is call ThorSeal and was in white and few other colors when we sealed our basement walls in other home.  We used white and it reflexed the light.  Came in bags and you mixed it with water and brushed it on with heavy-duty wisk broom.  Might consider this if you want more light at a later period of time.

P.S. Can you please send us another package of rain?   love, Joy