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Title: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on October 31, 2011, 08:51:19 PM
Hi everyone  :)

For those of you who have been around the boards for a while, you might remember two years ago, I posted about starting this "club", A New Leaf Club.  We had a good group of people participating and sharing their stories of things they accomplished or were working on.  (If you want to read about our last adventure, here's the link:  http://sjogrensworld.org/forums/index.php?topic=10498.0  )

Well, it's time to form a new club for the rest of this year and for the New Year to come.

This club is for anyone who wants to "turn a new leaf" - meaning, "take a fresh start, change one's conduct or attitude for the better".

As I re-read all the posts from the last time we did this, I was reminded of the things I still struggle with (paper clutter, newspaper clutter, keeping organized, exercising), but . . . I also was proud of the accomplishments I undertook and still keep up two years later (the re-organizing of my kitchen cupboards/pantry, organizing the medicine cabinet, etc.).   :)

Back in 2009, I had all kinds of plans to get my house in order - I did make some strides in the right direction, but it's slow going.  Back then, I was a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom).  Well, since then - I have had to return to work part-time.  So, I don't have the "extra" time at home now, like I did then.  However, it's more important than ever that I get my affairs in order so I don't waste my spoon allotment and time hunting and hunting for things.

So, what I'm looking for in this "club" is members who are serious about making changes in what's left of 2011 and carry over throughout 2012.

If you are not into getting your home 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 would like this "club" to be a group that helps motivate each other and encourage each other outside of our daily lives living with Sjogrens. 

Tomorrow is a new month - so, there's no time like the present to begin this New Leaf Club.  So, starting November 1, 2011 - if anybody wants to join me in this "club", I'll be glad to have your company.

Bucky



Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: engy on November 01, 2011, 03:14:40 AM
Count me in  ;D
I just woke up & need to get ready for work but I'll post more later, thanks Bucky!
Carie
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: A66eyroad on November 01, 2011, 05:54:22 AM
Great idea! I've read through last years club "minutes" and I see that a lot of folks had a lot of energy! I can't commit to cleaning out EVERYTHING, but I would like my closet to be as tidy as my desk at work.

I have a problem tossing out old clothes. I'm still wearing stuff I got for Christmas when I was still in high school! I buy stuff I like, and I wear it until it falls apart. Then I still can't get rid of it! It seems like whenever I go through the closet and toss stuff -- and by tossing I mean donating -- I end up wondering, "Why did I get rid of that (insert clothing item here)? I wish I still had it!" I get rid of stuff that's not in season, for example, getting rid of sweaters when I'm cleaning out in the summer. Then, when winter comes, I'm like, "Where are all my sweaters?"

So my closet is stuffed with clothes. This makes it hard for me to put stuff away after I take it off in the evenings. So I hang it on the back of a chair, or drape it over the desk "just for a minute." And there it still sits in a wrinkled mess. Even the stuff in my closet is a wrinkled mess.

So I'll commit to cleaning out my closet finally. This will include old purses, shoes, belts.

AAARRRGGGHHH!  :-\
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: arina83 on November 01, 2011, 07:17:47 AM
I'm in too. Really need to organize my office and do more work unpacking. Moved here in 2008 and we still have a lot of stuff in boxes.

Just got my bedroom and bathroom clean and relatively organized, which was a major project. Another little project that goes along with that is refinishing 3 pieces of antique furniture I just got.

There's more, but I think these are things that need to be done soon and are small enough where they won't be too difficult for me to do by myself.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on November 02, 2011, 04:59:19 AM
Count me in too!!  I am such a clutter bug!!  And I REALLY need to be consistent in exercising.  My dining room table is half mailbox, half catch all. I know it bugs him but even if it were cleared off, we'd NEVER use it for eating.  I know, no excuses - it needs to be clean. 
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: A66eyroad on November 02, 2011, 06:03:57 AM
My closet is overwhelming! There's just so much to do! No wonder I've put it off for years.

That's why I'm going to break it down into chunks. My Husband The Therapist says: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

So today's job is going to be getting a pad and writing down everything that needs to be done: Go through shoes. Weed out old summer clothes. Weed out sweaters. Take donation to Goodwill. Gather hangers and bring to laundry room. You get the picture.

Then each day I'm going to do just one thing on the list. That way I'll have a feeling of accomplishment without having to have the whole thing finished in one fell swoop.

>Sigh<

It still seems overwhelming.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 02, 2011, 07:32:31 AM
Hi Ladies - I'm so glad I will have company as we compare notes, encourage and help each other get our lives and homes in a more harmonious balance.   ;D

A66eyroad - I feel for you and tackling "the closet".  I did that last year or the year before (I can't remember which).  I think you're smart writing it all down and tackling it a piece at a time.  Unlike me . . I hauled everything out of the closet and it stacked it on the bed, on the floor, everywhere . . . talk about overwhelming!!   :o

In my closet, I just had the wooden hanging rod and a long shelf above it.  I had everything except the kitchen sink in there!!  I got one of those Rubbermaid configuration kits where you can arrange it any way you want.  So, I have a high bar for dresses, sweaters, jackets, to the left of my closet.  A lower bar for shirts to the right.  Above the shirt bar is three shelves - one above the other and I have jeans folded and stacked on one.  Purses on another, and my sewing box, and misc. stuff on another.  Then, on the very top is a long shelf that I keep papers in clear shoebox containers.

The high bar runs the whole length of the closet, so if I wanted to, I could take one of the shelves out (since they are all adjustable) and have room for some more short hanging items.

I also got a vertical hanging shoe bag that hangs off the high bar.

Shoes are a problem for me too.  Not that I have a lot of them, but enough that I don't know what to do with them.  I have a small shoe "rack" that is four sided and I have shoes hanging on that, plus the hanging shoe bag in the closet.  Plus . . shoes scattered all over the bedroom floor.  Ugh!  I'll be anxious to hear what you do with yours.

Are you planning on reconfiguring your closet or just downsizing?

They say you only wear the same 20% of your clothes 80% of the time.  Hmmmm, maybe I need to go through my closet again, and get rid of some more so they aren't so squeezed together.  I do admit to wearing "my favorites" over and over.   ;)

Good luck with your closet.  I think you're handling it the right way . . . a little at a time!   :)

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Still in the hunt on November 02, 2011, 12:25:29 PM
I started to strip wallpaper off my bathroom in March,, I still havent finished it,, my arms burn to bad,, it just seems my house is fallinig apart and I cant do a thing to stop it,, I try to kkeep the house decent while my wife works,, but its getting harder,, breaking out in momre rashes,, and coughing out this crap is  bringing out fresh blood,, that started yesterday,, I have no idea whats going on,, but I will try to make a effort to do something,,
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on November 02, 2011, 08:49:18 PM
Well, Bucky, you sure did motivate me to get some things done around here.

Today I organized all the "stuff" I have wanted to sell on Kijiji for ages, took photos, wrote descriptions and priced them.  They are now ready for posting.  ;D

I'm like you SITH.  I always need a project to work on but I'm so slow.  I started patching the den for painting two months ago.  I just haven't had the energy to work on it lately.  So my goal is to have everything patched and sanded by the middle of the month.  And the painting will be finished by the end of November.

I have also decided to "turn over a new leaf" regarding my reaction to my crabby next door neighbour.  Let's just say my new mantra is "Stay Calm".   8)  And I did...all day long.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: engy on November 03, 2011, 04:29:58 PM
I need to start exercising again so now when I log on here on my ipad I get on my recumbent bike. I've only done 10 minutes for 2 days but it's something!

Carie
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: A66eyroad on November 08, 2011, 11:40:05 AM
...last night I cleaned out my sock drawer. You wouldn't believe how many singletons I was able to pair up!   :D

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 09, 2011, 07:33:49 AM
Good Morning  :)

Everyone is doing a great job working on projects.  For myself, I know it gives me a sense of accomplishment when I can "see" end results of something I've done.

Some jobs are "unseen" or "unnoticed" by others - for instance, when I open the kitchen cupboards and notice a layer of dust there (we have a field next to us and they just harvested the corn recently) - so, it created a lot of dust in our house.  So, today, I will take the plates and bowls and cups out of the cupboard and wipe everything down and put them back.  Will my husband and son notice?  Nope.  Will they care?  Nope.  But I notice, and I care.  It's just me.   :D

Also on my "to do" list today is to sort through the pile of papers on the kitchen counter (which ends up being the "catch-all" for the mail, newspapers).  I'm just hoping there are no bills in there that should have been paid, as I haven't looked through this pile in a week.   ???

Today is a windy, cold, rainy day - a good day to do some cleaning and getting things in order (somewhat  ;) ).  What a fun way to spend my day off, huh?  ::)  I get a lot more accomplished when I'm home alone, than I can when "the boys" are here.

I better get at it.  That cleaning fairy never seems to show up . . . I think I'll fire her!!   ;)

Bucky

P.S.  Carie - 10 minutes of exercise is 10 minutes!!  Good for you!!  Keep it up.   :D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 09, 2011, 04:02:33 PM
Woohoo . . . . mission accomplished today!!   ;D

I ended up shredding a pile of papers 3-1/2" deep of "junk" that comes in the mail with our name on it.  We get so many credit card applications, AARP information, all kinds of advertisements from every Tom, Dick and Harry.   ::)

What usually happens with me, when I start one project, it spills over into another and another.  Example:  I was wiping off the kitchen counters, well, then I checked on the microwave and wiped it out, then the stove top, then the front of the stove, then the outside of the refrigerator.

Now, if I can just get my husband to get the pile of his "stuff" off the corner of the counter - the kitchen looks 90% good.  (I still have some stuff on the snack bar that I need to find a home for.)

How I wish this was a one-time clean and it stays that way . . . unfortunately, we all know it's not.   :(

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carolina on November 09, 2011, 04:16:40 PM
Hmmmm, moving three times in 2010 sorta managed the 'getting rid of stuff' and 'getting stuff organized' part of my life.

What I need to do is get MORE exercise, continue my newly started weight loss plan, and be nicer (I was going to say TRY! But I need to do more than 'try') to my husband.  It's hard since he is so unaware of his own nastiness.   I have trouble being generous and loving because I'm holding resentments.

I can list resentments that go back to 1963!

Now that is just not useful, after all this time.

Sooooo, more exercise, continue to honestly chart my food on Lose It.com, and be nicer, period.

Is that enough?

Hugs

Elaine
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: A66eyroad on November 10, 2011, 05:15:40 AM
Last night I went through 1/4 of my closet and made two piles of things -- one to bring to one of the skinny girls here, and the other to donate to Goodwill.

Tonite we're going to a piano recital at the local college, so I'm giving myself the night off!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 10, 2011, 06:35:09 PM
You know that pile of stuff on the kitchen counter I just sorted through yesterday?  Well, I DID find a bill that is due on 11-11-11.  There is no way it would arrive "on time" if I mailed it today - plus, there is no mail delivery tomorrow in the U.S. 

So, I called an 800 number I found on the back of a bill from 2007 (this is a yearly bill) to make a payment over the phone.

Imagine my shock when I dial the number and it's a porn sight!!   :o   :o   :o

I guess they no longer use that 800 number for Gerber Life Insurance Co.!!!   ::)

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on November 10, 2011, 07:56:38 PM
Bucky,

As my husband's granny used to say when she had no other good response...wellll... ;)

 They change those 800 numbers fairly often, I think.  I can't tell you the times I worked in customer service with toll-free numbers and someone would call and ask what we were wearing, etc. (!)   :o  We'd tell them quickly this was a line for Proctor and Gamble, or Lexis or whoever the client was at the time. 

Hope you found Gerber Life Ins. another way!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: irish on November 11, 2011, 09:21:27 PM
Bucky, You have a good idea with this thread. I didn't join the one last year. I have just now started to be more serious about getting my house in order. My hubby made the remark that "maybe we should move to town" and that scared the bejibbers out of me.

I know nothing will happen in a hurry, if at all, but I looked around and figured now was the time to clean out. Started the boxes: one to the dump, one to the thrift shop, one for little things grandaughter might want and one for things to store and reassess later down the road.

SITH,  I know just what you mean about the house falling apart. We worked like a dog to remodel this house--gutted, rewired, replumbed, sheetrock, insulation, the whole nine yards. Some of the little nit picky stuff did not get done due to kids graduating, etc. Then we had an unexpected move out of state for a year. When we came back both of us were well on the road to more autoimmune issues. Another parent dies, etc. Stuff just comes up and our energy level, muscle strength and ability to cope goes down hill.

Well, some of this stuff ain't gonna get done and it really bothers me.  I feel like there is something in life that isn't complete. Soooo, I will clean up what is complete and worry about the other stuff down the road.

I did my kitchen last week and it was so bad. The top of the refrig was the dirtiest it has ever been. I know I cleaned it in the last year, I think!! I even got the kitchen walls washed. I cleaned out the built in china cupboard in the living room also and rearranged and threw some stuff. You know, all that darn stuff that you think you will use down the road--ain't gonna happen. This thread should keep us busy this winter. Irish ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on November 12, 2011, 11:32:07 AM
I am happy to say that I finally finished  patching, sanding and painting the ceiling.  Hard work looking up and holding my arms up that long, but I did it.  Thank goodness for my new Onion Goggles!

And I have sold two items on Kijiji.

 :D

 
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 12, 2011, 04:12:37 PM
I know nothing will happen in a hurry, if at all, but I looked around and figured now was the time to clean out. Started the boxes: one to the dump, one to the thrift shop, one for little things grandaughter might want and one for things to store and reassess later down the road.

Irish - good for you!!  You sound like you've been a busy beaver lately.   ;D

Carebear - good job finishing the ceiling.  Now you can admire your hard work!   ;D  Plus, making some money off items on Kijiji . . .woohoo!!

Last night I went through 1/4 of my closet and made two piles of things -- one to bring to one of the skinny girls here, and the other to donate to Goodwill.

Yay - you're on your way to tackling that closet.  When you can actually see the improvement in your closet is when you will know it's worth all your time and effort to tackle this project.   ;D

Sooooo, more exercise, continue to honestly chart my food on Lose It.com, and be nicer, period.

Is that enough?

Yep - that's enough!!   ;D

Today, I did my "good deed" and stopped in work and checked to see if they needed any change from the bank (since the banks were closed yesterday). (I work at a clubhouse and it has a restaurant and banquet room.)  There's a wedding reception tonight, plus they served lunch and dinner today and there's Sunday brunch tomorrow, so it's always best to have some smaller denominations of bills since we get a lot of 100's, 50's and 20's.  So, I ran to the bank for them.  I was in town anyways and it only took 15 minutes of my time.

When I got home, the sun was shining on the living room window and I noticed how dirty the windows looked.  So, I got out the long handled squeegee, pail of water and went out and cleaned all the outside windows.  They look so much better now.   ;D

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 12, 2011, 04:34:24 PM
This is a post from my "original" New Leaf Club back in 2009 that has some information that might inspire us in our 2011-2012 New Leaf Club.
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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.   :(

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I'm embarrassed to say, that two years later and my pretty tablecloths are still in the hall chest - never been used. (I did sell one of them in my garage sale this fall.) The same for my pretty Pfaltzgraff Winterberry dishes in the basement - never been used.   :(

So, I am going to take Don's advice and get that pretty tablecloth out, bring my dishes up from the basement and USE them!!  I may not "entertain" anybody for the holidays, but certainly I can enjoy them!!  I bought both items because I thought they were pretty - and they are - so, I might as well just enjoy them and not "save" them for a special occasion!!

Bucky

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on November 12, 2011, 04:41:07 PM
Great job cleaning the window, Bucky.  I just can't get mine right...always lots of streaks and smudges.  And getting the change for work on your own time was such a kind gesture.   What a nice girl!  ;D

I don't know what got into me this afternoon.  I installed a new light fixture and a new set of window blinds.  They have been left undone for so long that it was really buggy me.  Thanks again for the motivation.  Now I'm going to bed.  :P
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: engy on November 13, 2011, 08:32:49 AM
Oh, I'd love my ceilings painted! They can wait another year though as we have more pressing issues that need attention but Yippee for you  ;)

I cleaned out my medicine cupboard (again) & I'm taking a short break. My daughter & I attacking the shoe closet next! This could get scary so I'm thankful for the help!

Carie
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on November 13, 2011, 12:40:13 PM
Dear friends,
Thanks for the motivation!  I've been working on closets for a month, here and there. I bought a few of those Space Bags; I found real ones (not wanna-be's) on eBay and they really are pretty awesome.  I managed to get summer clothes in them and stacked them in a small closet spot   8)

The ceilings being painted...ugh. We (I) have worked on getting that done for months. I must enlist my husband's help with the living room. It has a slightly vaulted ceiling; I can't reach it and climbing is hard. Once I get up there, my arms don't have the strength to do more than a swipe or two. Maybe one of these days...

I like your post, Bucky. That's all so true. I think it's good that our present home doesn't have much storage space.  No garage, no basement and a few closets.  Forces us to see what we really need and use.  If it's not used now or will be in the next year, it goes to the trash or to donation.  We used to have a huge garage, and most of the stuff in there didn't need to be.

 I've reduced the paperwork, too. That's a big one.  I've scanned important papers and pictures to the computer and put on a flashdrive I carry.
I've tossed some originals, and if something happens to the others, I've got them to print again.  I took a whole file cabinet down to one drawer.  I felt a real accomplishment!  Not that I keep it that way always.  I have to keep after it or it will multiply and take over the house.  :-[
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on November 13, 2011, 05:15:30 PM
I like the idea of scanning photos, Melinda.

Last year after my dad passed away I went through all his and my own photo albums.  I got as far as pulling all the photos out of the albums, and culling out the ones that I didn't want.  Now the remainder sit in photo boxes.  Sounds like a perfect project once winter hits us as I seldom venture outside then anyway.

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: arina83 on November 13, 2011, 05:44:16 PM
Starting to make progress on my office today. Got binders labeled and organized for this year's babies, both desks cleared off and phase one is pretty much done. Next will be to put the rest of the herd's records in order, and then start going through boxes. Then I got hay and feed samples together and packaged to be mailed to a lab for analysis.

Moved here in 2008, and so much is still in boxes. My other project will be to repair some grout in my shower. Was on the list for today, but I didn't get to it.

Very wiped out right now, so I've quit for the night.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on November 13, 2011, 11:39:42 PM
arina,

Sounds like you're really making progress with your records. Keeping an office in order can be one of my most challenging jobs. :)

Carebear,
I got the scanning idea from an article somewhere; thought it was a good option. I have a few photos of my mother's family in 1920, and my dad's around the same time.  I don't want to lose them!

I also had a big drawer full of pictures and frames taking up space. I got rid of any extra frames not being used and scanned the pictures. I passed around some originals to my family. There's a few more documents that need done, so yes, the winter will be a good time to do that!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: A66eyroad on November 14, 2011, 05:53:15 AM
I spent two hours taking stuff (shoes, old sweaters and t-shirts) out of the closet on Saturday morning and sorting through. Really, though, I ended up just made more of a mess because suddenly I realized I was exhausted! My arms and legs and back were sore, so I decided to leave everything "for a minute" and have a short nap.

Three hours later I woke up. It was such a wreck in my bedroom that I just shoved everything back into the closet.

 :'(

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: engy on November 14, 2011, 01:32:37 PM
Awwww, A66eyroad I've done that before when I was well!

I haven't been able to do a large closet yet so I'm waiting on mine until a long weekend!

Don't be discouraged, maybe you can try again but only do a little at a time like shoes one day, etc.

Carie
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: arina83 on November 14, 2011, 01:46:05 PM
Meld, yes it can be challenging, especially with the chaos of birthing/breeding. Better than it used to be, since we now have record keeping software. Very necessary with ~50 alpacas here.

Finished grout repair on my shower today, so hopefully I'll be able to use it in a couple days.

Introduced the 3 youngest babies to halter and lead today. Quite the adventure, and very physical with them being resistant to leading, pulling, lying down, running. Considering it was their first experience, they were quite good, but I am so tired.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 15, 2011, 06:41:48 AM
Hi everyone - it sounds like y'all have been busy.   ;)

Doesn't it feel good to see the end results of something you've been putting off doing?

Some times I wish I had a "team" to come in and we could all tackle a different project that day and knock things off the "to do" list in a short amount of time.  Wouldn't that be nice?!  Any of those remodeling shows on TV, they have a whole crew of people to help on each project.

Same thing with all the celebrities, etc. - sure, we'd all look fabulous if we had a whole team of people to do our hair, makeup, clothes, etc.  A friend of mine from Ohio was in NY last year with her sister and her sister was picked for a makeover on the Today show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.  She said there were so many people working on Vickie (her sister).  It's amazing the difference from the "before" pictures to the "after" pictures.

Speaking of pictures - I hope some of you are taking a "before" and "after" picture of the projects you are tackling.  I know the time I cleaned out my closet, I did that.  It was shocking to see how much "stuff" I had crammed into my closet (as it was laying all over the bedroom as I took everything out at one time - which, by the way, I don't suggest a person do!!  ;) ).

Also, with most things, it's not a one-time fix.  It's on-going maintenance to keep everything cleaned, organized, weeded out, etc. 

Well, I better get off the computer and get busy.  I STILL haven't put all the garage sale items away yet in the garage from my sale four weeks ago.  I just keep putting it off.  Ugh! (guess I better follow some of my own advice, huh?)  I might break it up into a 2-day project as I have the day off work today and tomorrow.  Anybody want to come help?  I'll feed ya!   :D

Have a good day everyone!

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 15, 2011, 10:01:22 PM
Well . . . another day I didn't get any of the garage stuff put away.   :(  After doing some vacuuming, my elbow starts hurting and I didn't want to make it hurt more by lugging boxes to the basement.  There's always tomorrow, right?   ;)

I DID get two fliers printed up and some pictures printed for 11 items I am wanting to sell.  I'll take them to the bank tomorrow and post them on their bulletin board in the lobby.  Hopefully, some of the items will sell - I'm keeping my fingers crossed - as it would mean several hundred dollars.

Time to hit the hay . . . goodnight.

Bucky


Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: eyeamdry on November 15, 2011, 10:05:01 PM
I ove this thread although I have not "joined" it.  It is a great incentive also.  It's nice to hear I am not the only over run by junk mail.  Have few real bills(mail) but paper by the bagfuls to shread. Lucy
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on November 17, 2011, 05:12:01 PM
I finished painting two walls in the den, so I have only two to go!   ;D  Maybe I'll have the room finished by the end of the weekend.

Thank you, Methotrexate!   ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on November 17, 2011, 08:47:23 PM
arina,

Wow, that is a lot of record-keeping for 50 alpacas! I'll bet they are beautiful animals you have.  ;)

Yeah, Carebear! You're really working hard on that den.  It feels so nice to be able to do things you want, isn't it?

I managed to get some extra cleaning done today.  Needs done anyway, but our daughter is visiting next week and I want it looking and smelling good.  She is pregnant and has an extra-sensitive nose right now.  I washed the slipcovers in the living room, cleaned a closet a little and vacuumed one room. 

I thought about doing more later this afternoon, but I was ready for a break!  My MIL dropped by and invited me to an early dinner with her, and then I was done for the day.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on November 18, 2011, 10:54:42 AM
I spent two hours taking stuff (shoes, old sweaters and t-shirts) out of the closet on Saturday morning and sorting through. Really, though, I ended up just made more of a mess because suddenly I realized I was exhausted! My arms and legs and back were sore, so I decided to leave everything "for a minute" and have a short nap.

Three hours later I woke up. It was such a wreck in my bedroom that I just shoved everything back into the closet.

 :'(

Ooooh, you and I have had the EXACT SAME problem!!  My walk-in is no longer a walk-in.  I'm lucky to even be able to step foot inside it.  We'll get there.  One of these days. :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 18, 2011, 11:31:03 AM
Today's been a really good day.  I ran (OK, drove  ;) ) to the grocery store, hurried home to see the last show with Regis Philbin.

Just to reflect on Regis for a minute.  I really like that guy.  It's hard to believe he is 80 years old!  I have never heard a bad thing about him.  He's always funny, kind and he seems like a fun person to be around.  He and his wife, Joy, seem to be very down-to-earth and loving people.  We'll miss you Regis.  Enjoy whatever it is you get into next. 

Back to today . . . after Regis, I decided to go do a few errands.  One being, going to the new Bass Pro Shop in town and get a pair of hiking boots for my hubby.  For those of you who have never been in a Bass Pro Shop - they are so cool.  Since I was by myself, I could take my time and just wander around the store.

I went over and watched the fish in the huge fish tank, watched several people in the shooting gallery hitting the targets, watched a little boy steering the monster truck around a track, I challenged an older gentlemen to race me at the remote controlled race car track they had set up.  He beat me.   :(  My car kept stopping for some reason. 

I sampled a wonderful, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth sliver of fudge.  Mmmmm, it was soooooo good!  White fudge and caramel.  Yum!

I took my time looking throughout the store.  There were a lot of guys there checking out all the manly stuff in the store.  But, there were a lot of women there shopping too.

Whenever I am in a store like this, it makes me feel like I am on vacation.  The only other Bass Pro Shop I've ever been to was when we WERE on vacation in TN.  Now, we have one right in our own backyard.   :)

Of course, the stores are trying to get everyone to part with their hard earned money right now and spend it with them.  They entice you with the smell of fresh popped popcorn, warm pecans, cashews, and almonds.

I saw a couple of tables that were covered and taped so you couldn't see what was under the cover and I asked a lady standing next to it, "what do you think they are hiding underneath there?".  She said, "it's probably something for Black Friday".  Her guess was they were sweatshirts.  She said in previous years at other Bass Pro Shops she had been to, they sell sweatshirts really cheap around Black Friday.  She also said, "don't bother coming here then, it will be a madhouse!".  LOL

So, I bought my hubby a pair of hiking boots, a "cone" of cinnamon pecans and went on my merry way.

Dropped some money in the red kettle on the way out and smiled all the way home.   ;D

Some times the "new leaf" isn't all about the home and organization, etc.  It's about seizing the moment and having fun.  I did that today!!   :D

Have a good weekend.

Bucky



Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: A66eyroad on November 18, 2011, 12:02:04 PM
Actually, being kind to ourselves is probably more important -- especially at this time of year -- than having a clean closet.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: MiJoy on November 18, 2011, 01:26:23 PM
Count me in! I know I'm joining a little late, but this thread is so timely for me.
Clutter in my house has been weighing very heavy on me since we moved here almost 2 YEARS ago!

Now that I finally have a diagnosis & have been on meds for Sjogren's since April, I actually have energy spurts now & then.
So, I've been tackling a little at a time.
I'm a teacher, so I have a WHOLE WEEK off for Thanksgiving, plus we got yesterday & today unexpectedly off due to some bad weather that came through our county. (No one hurt thankfully, but damage to many roads & our high school.)
I got lots done yesterday & a little more today.

My husband & I became empty nesters in August, so I'm REALLY looking forward to our children coming home this week.
I'm excited about having some things cleaned up before they come Monday. I REALLY want to have things looking nice for Christmas, too.
Amazing how getting the clutter out makes me feel so good, like a weight lifted.

Thanks for starting the "New Leaf Club". I know I will need continual encouragement to keep things going when I'm back at work with no energy left for home.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: irish on November 18, 2011, 09:43:42 PM
Well, Bucky, I watched the last Regis show today also. I thought he did well not to break down in tears. He looks so good for his age but I have noticed that his mind is not as sharp as it used to be and he will look confused at times.

I am glad he quit before he was asked to leave---he said this himself in an article or TV program this week. Yes, we will miss him, that is for sure. Never knew what he would do next. And he wasn't perfect and wasn't afraid to let us know it.

Well, I got my sheers washed today and hung back up in the family room. Then I moved all the furniture and vacuumed and did some rearranging, etc. Washed the patio windo and the picture window also. I have to move slow with my myasthenia and rest a lot plus take the mestinon to keep my muscles from getting weak.

Any thing I do is an exercise in patience for me. It takes me so long to get anything done. Heck, I used to do as much in one day as I do in a month now. Anyway, the room looks so much better. I am trying to get the house cleaned up for Thanksgiving as my son, DIL and their 2 kids are coming for a couple of days. We will have Thanksgiving here. I hope to make pies tomorrow. This, of course, will take me hours.

I will make the crust in the morning and put in refrig to cool down. In the afternoon I hope to make a pumpkin pie, custard pie, blueberry pie and 2 pumpkin pies with gluten free crust. Whenever I make pies a bake them and freeze them. I will just freeze the crust for the custard and bake it the day before Thanksgiving. I have my dad's custard pie recipe (he owned 3 restaurants over a period of about 20 years or so and his pies were awesome) and hubby and sons love it.

I also have to clean the living room really good and when kids come for the meal Thanksgiving day they are going to have to move a big bookcase and my piano before we eat. Hopefully this will be the last time to switch furniture around. I suppose I need to warn them about this.lol

I have been picking away at the house now for a couple of weeks. Yesterday was my infusion and I am always shot for the rest of the day(always feel a little like the flu with a mild headache) and today I was feeling bushed in the morning worse than usual. Well, I got my head of steam half way up this PM and got some stuff done.

Will have to give the bathrooms a good cleaning too.  The rest of you gals are really getting some chores done too. Must be the change in the weather and the holidays coming. Irish ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: MiJoy on November 19, 2011, 12:42:19 PM
Irish, you amaze me, as do many others on this board. You have so much to deal with, yet you always have a positive outlook & it sounds to me like you get a whole lot done, more than many with no health issues!

You inspire me & continually remind me how much I have to be thankful for & not to take everyday things for granted.

A big part of my turning over a new leaf is in my attitude, remembering to focus on the positive, the "can do's" instead of the "can't do's". I'm not so good at it a lot of times, but seeing how many of you have faced such difficult challenges for years gives me inspiration & encouragement.

Thank you & God bless each of you!
Joy  :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 19, 2011, 02:48:33 PM
MiJoy - I know exactly what you mean, "Amazing how getting the clutter out makes me feel so good, like a weight lifted."  It's a good feeling!   :D

Irish - my goodness, that's a lot of pies you are making!  They sound yummy! The only pie I've ever "made" is taking a graham cracker crust and making up chocolate pudding and pouring it in.   :(   I know a "homemade" pie takes a lot of time - but, the taste is sooooo worth it!  What time should I be there?   ;)

I've mentioned this handy dandy tool a few times through the years, but it's the next best thing to sliced bread . . . . it's called Sliders or Sliding Robots.  You place them under the corners of whatever you are moving and the item you are moving literally slides across the floor.  You can find them at Walmart or other stores - I think in the Hardware Dept.  They are great for couches, bookcases, beds, dressers, entertainment centers, etc.  Saves a lot of back breaking work to lift and carry things that need to be moved.

Today, I trimmed some bushes outside, put some leaves around the bottom of the heirloom rose bush (this belonged to my husbands great grandmother!), put up driveway markers for winter (that nasty six letter word!), and tried to gather some acorns for the squirrels for the winter - but, I didn't find very many.

I also made a deal with our son, I would pay him $15 if he would put away the rest of the garage sale items from the garage and take the tables down and put them away.  He said, "deal".  So, hopefully, he will do that this weekend.  It's a win-win situation for both of us . . . I can save my spoons for other things, and he can make a little bit of money.   :D

I'm looking forward to switching to holiday decorations next weekend.  I love the colors of Christmas - especially, red, my favorite color. 

Bucky

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on November 19, 2011, 08:51:52 PM
Finished one coat of paint on the two remaining walls today.  Decided to "rest" for a while.  That lasted the rest of the day, so tomorrow morning I finish painting the den...at least that's the plan.  :D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: irish on November 19, 2011, 09:07:08 PM
MiJoy, Well, you should be at my house as I do these chores. It is moan and groan and sit down and repeat. Also, I was so darned pooped from cleaning the family room that I didn't get the pies made and will have to do that another day. Besides that some friends called and asked us out for supper---and we went!!!!

Bucky, well, just think when the son has the garage cleaned up and put away you can get ready for Christmas and then start thinking about garage sales for next year. I wish I had the energy to do one but I did it once and it almost did me in. It is much easier to take it to the service center. Irish ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: MiJoy on November 20, 2011, 08:35:35 PM
Irish, even with the moan & groan, you're amazing to get so much done with all you have to deal with!

Got loads more clutter cleared out of our extra bedroom today with my husband. 2 large bags of garbage & several boxes to donate to Goodwill. (I gave up on garage sales years ago, too much trouble!)

Even got some pictures hung up for the first time since we moved here, 2 years ago in December.

Washed sheets on our 2 children's beds, dusted & vacuumed their rooms.
Daughter comes home from grad. school tomorrow night, son comes home Tuesday.
Can't wait to have our whole family home for a few days!

Tomorrow a little more cleaning, then off to the grocery store.

I am so very thankful for good energy & low pain. As many have said, you don't know how bad you felt until you feel better.
Oh how good it feels to feel better!!  ;D

 
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 21, 2011, 08:23:40 PM
Carebear - good job on painting the den!  They need a clapping icon here.   ;D

MiJoy - you've got a lot accomplished, don't beat yourself up if it ALL doesn't get done before your kids arrive home for the holidays.  I know for myself, I expect a quick fix, but it didn't get that way overnight, and will take time to complete.

You're doing great . . . give yourself some well deserved credit!   ;D

I have the day off work tomorrow  . . . hmmmm, what WILL I get into?  Don't know that right now.  I had told my niece last week that I would help her if she needed it to get ready for Thanksgiving (we're all eating at her house).  I haven't heard anything from her.  I "should" go to the grocery store and get the things I need to make for Thursday before all the mad, last minute rush, of everybody hitting the stores on Wednesday.

So, we'll play it by ear and see what happens.  IF I go to the grocery store, I'll go first thing in the morning and "get in and get out".  (That's my motto  ;D )

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: irish on November 21, 2011, 09:59:36 PM
Well, I got 2 pumpkin pies and one big apple pie made in a rectangular jelly roll pan. I will work on the 2 GF pumpkin and one GF custard pies tomorrow. I did not get anything else done today because I had an "event" this afternoon.

No, I did not "poo" my pants. At least not yet. lol I went to the BCBS office to talk to my insurance salesman about part D and when entering the office I opened the big heavy door which then came back and caught the back of my left shoe and then jammed my right foot(with shoe on) under the little ledge in the step while the door jammed into the back of my leg and achilles tendon.

It wedged me and I ended up falling into the office with my leg twisted and caught in the door. Man it really hurt. I just sat on the floor for awhile til the pain subsided as I watched the leg turn black and blue. I am astounded that I did not tear a muscle, tendon or get some type of fracture of my leg with that twisting.

I have only had 1 tylenol and did ice it when I got home. I was just going on my errands and still had to get to the grocery store. I got the groceries and then got home and got the chickenon the rotisserie (sp) and started the potatoes. Hubby came home and made the pea salad and did up the dishes so I could rest.

My insurance guy is very nice man and he was so concerned and wanted me to go to ER. I told him when I left that if I had pain I would call him at 2 AM. lol  So, I am doing so much better than I thought I would. It hinders my walking and I know I won't get as much done as I planned to but "so be it". You can never tell what the day will bring!!! Irish ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on November 22, 2011, 12:33:27 AM
Bucky,

So glad you reminded me to NOT go into the grocery on Wed. I need just a few things and Tues. will be the day for it! 
I'm so excited that our daughter is driving down from Ohio on Wednesday after her OB doc appt. and can stay until Sunday.  Her husband doesn't want to miss his family's gathering, so she said "I'm going to Kentucky!" We haven't seen her since the end of Sept.  Looking forward to seeing her and her little "baby bump".  She is 17 weeks pregnant now.
I'm washing sheets and getting the house smelling nice. (her sensitive nose) And need to buy some extra fresh fruit for her. :)

Irish,
Good grief! I hope your leg and ankle are ok.  :( Nothing like being banged up for Thanksgiving! Keep us posted, ok?
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 22, 2011, 08:12:43 AM
Good grief, Irish - you don't need to making a claim as you walk/fall into the insurance office!!   ::)   ;)

You poor thing - sorry, you got a boo-boo.  You'll just have to take 'er easy and not overdo it.  Maybe the three pies you already have made will be good enough - skip the other three.

Meld - yep, get to the store today if you can - it will be crazy tomorrow.  The day before a holiday the grocery stores are always busy, busy (and some times, slim pickins!).

Enjoy your visit with your daughter.  I know you're excited for her visit. 

I've already been to the grocery store this morning and got everything I needed.  Most all of the things I am taking for Thanksgiving dinner have to be done that morning.  Deviled eggs, veggie tray and salad.  I bought my eggs last week as it is so frustrating when trying to make deviled eggs and the shell breaks off into tiny pieces if the eggs are too fresh.

I was going to pick up a pie or something at the grocery store this morning (not as scrumptious as Irish's homemade pies  . . . . ), but they end up having soooo many desserts, I decided to skip it.   ;D

Not to be a downer, but as I was looking at all the yummy pies in the freezer section of the store, I looked at the cheesecake.  ONE slice had 450 calories!!!   :o  WOW!!!  Maybe instead of having a "slice" of something, they should cut out little round circles, about the size of a quarter.  That way, you can taste a lot of different things and not have quite all the calories.

Of course, you know, if you cut a dessert in half - the calories leak out!!  That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!!   ;D

Bucky




Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 25, 2011, 01:41:03 PM
Today, after work, I stopped at the quaint antique shop on the square.  I had stopped in there last month asking the owner if she wanted to borrow my silver pom-pom Christmas tree and color wheel. 

I didn't give her my name or phone number then, I told her I would stop by after Thanksgiving.

Well, today when I stopped in, they were getting ready to lug up the big green tree from the store basement.  I mentioned I was the person who had talked to her about the store borrowing my tree and she got so excited.  I told her I had it with me in the car and I went out and brought it in.

I set it up for her and got the color wheel set up.  I kept telling her, now remember, THIS IS NOT FOR SALE.  She assured me she wouldn't sell it.  LOL   ;)

So, I will "share" my tree with the community and use a different tree here at home this year.   ;D

Does anybody want to come over tomorrow and help me switch out the fall decorations for the Christmas ones?  I'll make lunch for you.   :D

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on November 25, 2011, 04:15:44 PM
Geez Irish!  I'm glad you're not flat on your back in the hospital!!  Hope it doesnt give you too much more grief.

I woke up Thursday morning with nothing pre-made or prepared early.  So I just got busy and used all my spoons in about 2 1/2 hours.  I had a roasting hen that I coated in butter and stuffed with apples and baked doe 2 hours.  I had hubby peel and dice potatoes for homemade mashed taters.  I made mushroom stuffing.  And made enough punkin pies to feed the entire Steeler team.  Made gravy from the chicken drippins too.

Today I cleaned out my pantry area and threw away stuff with expiration dates from 2009!!  I vacuumed pantry, kitchen, and half of dining room.  Used up all my spoons yet again before 1 p.m.

Tomorrow I plan on vacuuming the other half of dining room and living room and then taking dynamite to the dining table to declutter months worth of mail and magazines and typical crap. Yay...

Hope y'all had a nice thanksgiving.  SITH, hoping you're okay.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on November 25, 2011, 05:27:51 PM
Oh, Bucky.  You brought back so many memories of Christmases past for me.

We had a silver tree with the colour wheel too when I was young..green, red, blue and yellow.  ;D  I would lie in the dark for hours, watching the colour wheel turning and singing to the Christmas albums.  ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: kimbo on November 26, 2011, 04:24:34 PM
Well, that took awhile to read!
 
Bucky, you make us all better Sjoggies!

Irish, I think we could make a Hallmark Holiday movie with your activities.  I am so glad you are okay.

Bucky one of the things, you pointed out recently, was out dated cosmetics and such. I can't get you out of my head.

I went through my bathrooms and carried out 2 huge garbage bags full.

My sister was over for Thanksgiving and ask me if I had something for a cold. Nothing. Child cough syrup, one bottle.
I made one tub to place all extra toiletries in the hall closet. So that I would only have one place to look and see if I had sale shopped surpluses when I am running low of something in the bathrooms. This was because it annoys me to look through all the cabinets looking to see if I have what I need.

I have thrown all expired items through out my house.

My garage is packed neatly with plastic tub containers, although most of what's in them, I will never use again. My near plans are to minimize.
I think as we get older it becomes much more important to simplify, because it is harder to function in an abundance of clutter.
In an earlier post some one mentioned we only actually wear 20% of our clothes most of the time. There is a lot of freedom in taking clutter obstacles out of our way.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: A66eyroad on November 28, 2011, 08:15:24 AM
After my week away, with two days of six hours of driving each way to & from south Florida from east Tennessee, I'm home!

Why am I reporting this on the New Leaf Club thread you ask?

Because I unpacked everything! All in one day!

Proud of myself!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on November 28, 2011, 10:47:04 AM
I AM SOOOOOO IMPRESSED!!!!  WTG Abbey!! ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on November 29, 2011, 12:42:00 AM
I've not kept up on this thread too well lately, but...now:  Wow, impressed with you, A66ey!  You should be proud of yourself.  I'm sure you're glad to be home.  ;)

kimbo,
It's good to see you posting again. Isn't it amazing what we can end up with in our bathrooms?  I try (and that's the operative word here) to pick out a few items from the cabinets every few weeks so it doesn't get out of control.  Stuff just seems to multiply all by itself!

Nara,
You've really been on a roll!  You must be feeling much better this week; I really hope so!  8)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on November 29, 2011, 05:51:10 PM
Nara - good job on cleaning out the pantry. 

I always "date" the food I put in the pantry so I know when I bought it.  It's amazing how time flies by and before you know it, some stuff is over a year old!   ::)

A66eyroad - woohoo for unpacking everything in one day!  (I tend to pull things out of the suitcase when I need them after a trip.)

Kimbo -  hey lady - I've missed you!    Good job on cleaning out the bathrooms.  Wow, two huge garbage bags full!  Amazing how it accumulates isn't it?

Good for you for getting rid of all the expired items in your house!   :D

My near plans are to minimize. I think as we get older it becomes much more important to simplify, because it is harder to function in an abundance of clutter.

AMEN to that!!  Those are my plans too.   ;D

Everyone is doing a great job - keep up the good work!   8)

Bucky

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: irish on November 29, 2011, 09:45:40 PM
Boy, some of you ohave really been hitting the cleaning. Nara----you sure did a lot of vacuuming. THat really can do me on some days. Heck, cleaning has become a real chore compared to when I was a young pup.

Bucky, I had forgotten about those old trees with the colored lights. Man, what year is your tree from. Has to be the 60's or so I would think. Seems like they were around about the time those white totally flocked Christmas trees were selling also.

kimbo, sure good to see you around again. Missed ya.

Hope everyone is doing well after the holiday.

My 3 sons did move my big bookcase and the piano on Thanksgiving day and they didn't even complain. Last time they did it they told me that was the last time. I think they forgot about that remark.

I spent some of the day vacuuming and putting the books back in the bookcase, Getting some Christmas decor out for the tables. I have a smaller round table and a larger rectangle dining room table in the living room that has become the dining room. I love it. The grandkids can sit at the round one!!! I can also do some reading and business, letters, etc on the round one and watch the cars go by. Irish ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on November 30, 2011, 06:38:00 AM
Irish,

Sounds like you've been busy, too.  Your 3 sons probably decided it wasn't a big deal to move a little furniture, and that was nice of them.  ;)  Having your small round table in the living room sounds like a great idea!  A good spot for you and the grandkids.

I'm trying to get the energy going to get some Christmas decor out today.  Wish me luck, everyone! Think I'm recouping from Thanksgiving; gee that was almost a week ago, wasn't it? I did more all weekend with our daughter here til Sunday so that explains that.  But it was so great to spend 4 days with her.

Seems like I'm just catching up on the "basics" around the house, so I won't hope for anything more. If I manage a few Christmas decorations I'll feel really accomplished!

 My MIL wants her tree put up and all her decor out, which is a job.  Not that I mind helping, but she has a LOT of stuff.  It means getting her big tree and a bunch of storage containers out of her shed (which is up a hill, of course)  ;) and putting up wreaths and lights, and outside stuff, and, and...etc. 

Me and my husband have done this the last 3 years.  There's a few other family members who COULD help.  I think I'll suggest a "Mamaw's tree-trimming party!"  With about 6 of us, we could knock it out in 2-3 hours.  That's my plan and I'm stickin' to it.  (now to see what SHE says about that.) 
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: ladybelle on November 30, 2011, 10:29:28 AM
I am a latecomer to the New Leaf Club (and a newbie to the Sjogrens group).  Everyone seems to be encouraging and I too have some dreaded house tasks to get done!  Today I am planning to get rid of magazines, paper, and mail clutter.  I know there are some health EOBs and such to go through in there that I have been avoiding! 

There are often too many things that I want to read that my eyes are not up to, but saving them for too long just leads to piles of clutter!!!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on November 30, 2011, 10:37:54 AM
Thanks Bucky.  Seems like cleaning takes a huge hit with us, doesn't it.  And keeping up with what I already have in my cabinets and out in the pantry is non-existent.  There's always multiples of practically everything. 

Irish, vacuuming hurts.  No matter how easy I take it, it always hurts.  Vacuuming gets put off so often that sometimes I feel like I'm livin' in a barn.  I have to add that I don't let it get so bad that I could grow potatoes but I should do it more often. 

I'm so grateful to have an understanding hubs.  He really does put up with a lot with little to no complaining.   
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on November 30, 2011, 10:41:13 AM
Lady Belle, welcome and just jump right on in.  You reminded me of my dreaded task at hand:  the dining room table turned mail room.  ACK!!!  Just do it, Nara, just get up and do it!!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: ladybelle on November 30, 2011, 10:43:15 AM
I got the declutter paper idea from your Nara so let's see if we can get a chunk of it done this week!  I know we can do it :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on November 30, 2011, 10:46:03 AM
Oh wow!   8) Let's do it!!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on December 03, 2011, 02:25:15 PM
a'right ladybelle, i've cleared enough old mail and mags from my office and dining room table to insulate a house AND I cleared almost 3 GB off my harddrive today.  Let's see whatcha got!!   8)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on December 04, 2011, 01:30:43 AM
Wow, Nara.  We could get a real competition going.  ;)  You've spurred me on to find my desk tomorrow; that's my plan anyway.  I'm not sure how I do it.  It will look great, and 3 days later it's covered again. (sigh...)

Ladybelle,

Welcome to the forum!  ;) As you see, we try to have some fun as well as discussing anything and everything.  Hope you'll find some great info. here.  There are lots of friendly, helpful people, too.

We look forward to hearing more from you.
Melinda
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on December 04, 2011, 06:32:53 AM
Well Meld, that's how mine ends up too.  But we keep on tryin' and doin' and it's part of what keeps us goin'.  Let's have fun with it!  I DARE you to get half your desk cleaned tomorrow!!   8)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on December 04, 2011, 09:07:43 PM
Taking on your dare, Nara!   8)  Got part of my desk cleaned up tonight-whoo-hoo!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 04, 2011, 09:10:25 PM
I am happy to report that FINALLY, eight weeks after my sale - that I have all my sale stuff put away and I can again park in the garage!!   ;D  I just kept putting it off - but, today we got 'er done!  Yay!!

I also took some more fall decorations to the basement and brought up some more holiday decorations.  I'm getting there!   :)

If you've read in another thread, I bought two 6-1/2' tall bookcases over the weekend.  Right now, they are sitting in the living room.  I have to make room for them where they are going and will work on that this week.

On the way into work tomorrow, I will drop off a bunch of newspapers and cardboard at the recycling bins in town.

Welcome ladybelle - glad you are joining in on our little adventure.  The more, the merrier.   ;D

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on December 05, 2011, 03:41:56 AM
WTG Meld!!!  You work fast!  Now I've got to finish up the dining room table so I can decorate it.  I can't wait to get my holiday stuff out of storage!! 
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on December 05, 2011, 03:43:11 AM
Yay Bucky!!!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on December 05, 2011, 11:05:58 AM
I'll add "Yay, Bucky!" too.   8) 

Well, Nara, half the desk and today I'll make it a plan to finish. Sometimes it's crazy to me how I can feel so busy without working at a job outside my home anymore. 
I've got dishes and laundry, two quilts to finish for gifts, a few presents to buy, etc....and my body and mind are in slllooooww motion. 

Oh well...nature of the beast, right? A little at a time like the tortoise.  :) ;) I'll get there, but it's certainly no race!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: susanep on December 05, 2011, 12:22:31 PM
I know I am late getting in on this, but count me in. I have been slowing working on my house. It has been in such a mess, unorganized, and needed cleaning.

I have made progress over the past months, but need to continue  throughout 2012 to finally get it in order. I have been embarrassed to have company due to this. I love company. That is my ultimate goal.

I have been doing the small things. I can't do anything very long like I use to. It all has to be small increments at a time. One side of my living room is looking like a living room again.

The other side my husband has adopted with his computer and office type things. I just need him to work on its mess.  ::) He has been working on it though. He also has to do things in small bits. He is on oxygen so it is hard.

We are in one bedroom, but the other one is full of everything. I need to slowly start getting rid of things in there, and having it back like it once was.

Thank you for this , because I really need this.

susanep  :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: susanep on December 05, 2011, 12:43:40 PM
I went back and caught up reading all of your posts. All of you are doing great. Welcome to the new folks. Today so far I sorted out some clothes in the laundry, and swept the floor in the hall to it. My kitchen dishes are done. Counter clean.

My goal today is to put up some more things that are sitting in a pile like some gigantic thing. I am just trying to figure out where to put the stuff.

The other day I bought a gallon of paint to paint my stairs on the front porch. I can't start right now, because it is windy outside, and looks like rain anytime. I will have to wait till a good sunny day. My whole porch needs it, but too late now until spring.

We also have 4 dogs and 1 inside big white cat. The dogs stay out a lot, but sometimes still come in, and one is blind so we have him in a lot. This is another whole issue, but we love them so.  :-\

susanep  :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on December 05, 2011, 07:15:27 PM
I'll add "Yay, Bucky!" too.   8) 

Well, Nara, half the desk and today I'll make it a plan to finish. Sometimes it's crazy to me how I can feel so busy without working at a job outside my home anymore. 
I've got dishes and laundry, two quilts to finish for gifts, a few presents to buy, etc....and my body and mind are in slllooooww motion. 

Oh well...nature of the beast, right? A little at a time like the tortoise.  :) ;) I'll get there, but it's certainly no race!

Oh I know.  My energy gave out this morning.  About an hour after I got to work.  I have about a third of my dining room table left to do.   I came home this afternoon and took one look at it and just sighed and went to my chair and slept.  No race, no contest, just a little positive push.  More for my own benefit than anything else.   :)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on December 05, 2011, 07:47:42 PM
I finished painting the den, and am almost finished organizing the file cabinet and office storage.  This week I pick up the new desk.  And my den will be like new before Christmas.   :D

It's been tough getting things done around the house because I've had so many medical appointments lately.  And I still have seven more in the next ten days to look forward to (two of them are for my dog  ;).).
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on December 05, 2011, 08:00:15 PM
I know what you mean, Nara.  I'm not looking at any of it like a race...a positive push for all of us is exactly what my real goal is.  :)  Like you say, it's more of a help for myself, too!  Hope you get some rest and have a little better day tomorrow.  :)

Sometimes a little good-natured motivation really helps me.  Sometimes I have days like you and think "forget it!"  When I can do a few things, it makes me feel like I've really accomplished something!

susanep,
You managed to get a lot done!  ;)  I understand; trying to figure out what to do with the stuff can be hard to decide.  We have such a small place, the "stuff" could take over very easily.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 06, 2011, 07:52:15 AM
NEWS BULLETIN . . . . stop the presses!!!!  I've lost 13 pounds since I woke up this morning!!  It only took me 15 minutes too!  It was painless, and I didn't have to swallow anything, get a shot, or nothing!!

What?  How in the world did I do that?  Have I started my day off drinking something I shouldn't have? 

Nope.  I was fixing my breakfast and reached into the pantry to get my oatmeal.  While looking at the items in there, I started picking boxes up and checking expiration dates . . . 2003 . . . 2005 . . . 2008 . . . 2010.   ::)  So, right then and there I got the empty cat food bag (16 lb. bag) and started pitching outdated items from the pantry. 

From the pantry, I went to where some other cereal boxes were in the cupboard - all outdated too.  I took several of them and went out in the backyard and scattered them for the birds and critters to eat.  Unfortunately, my family opens several boxes at once - then doesn't finish them before opening another.  The opened ones just sit there and "occasionally" see the light of day as the cupboard is quickly opened and closed again.

Then, this led me to the cupboard where the spices were . . .yup, found some old stuff there too.  Some old graham cracker crusts from 2007.  I NEED to make a list of the spices we need and really get rid of the older ones.  I didn't want to throw everything out . . my husband would have a cow when he went to use them and the cupboard would be bare. 

So, in 15 minutes, I had looked in these three places and filled up the cat food bag with items to go in the trash pickup that is this morning.  I jumped in the car, and took the bag to the road.  (Taking hands and sliding them back and forth as to say . . . JOB DONE!!!)   ;D

After eating my breakfast, I crushed a bunch of soda cans sitting on the counter - counter clear (one side of it . . . I'll work on the other side today).  Yay!!

I'm off to a good start today . . . woohoo!!  This mini cleaning wasn't on my agenda for today . . it just presented itself, so I knocked it out quickly.  I have one bare shelf in the cupboard and more room in the pantry from this quick cleanout.

My biggest goal or purpose of this whole thread is that it only takes a little motivation to get the ball rolling and getting things done.  A reason to do something.  For me, that's instant gratification seeing results.  Seeing a more organized, cleaner, less cluttered home.  It's two-fold . . . one - it looks better, two - it feels calmer, less chaotic.  That's a good thing!!   ;D

I feel bad throwing away items, many unopened - and the money that was wasted buying them.  However, today is a new day - a new beginning - and I will try harder in 2012 to not be wasteful in my purchases and be sure to only buy what we intend to use/eat.  I do rotate the items in my pantry, but some times they just don't get used.  I'll do better.   ;)

The rest of today, I'm going to work on getting my new bookcases closer to their final destination.  I probably will only get so far, then I will need help with some heavy moving - that, I will leave for my boys.

Have a great day everyone!!  Happy Tuesday!!

Bucky

P.S.  As I look out the dining room window . . . . it's s-n-o-w-i-n-g!!!   :o  (our first of the season)



Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 06, 2011, 08:05:39 AM
I still have seven more in the next ten days to look forward to (two of them are for my dog  ;).).

Wow, Carebear!!  Trying to fit all the last minute, year-end appointments in quickly before the year is over?  Good Luck with your appointments.

Good job on finishing the painting!!  Yay for you!!  It will really feel good when you pick up your new desk and see your den all spiffed up and ready to be used.   ;D

susanep - glad you're joining us on our little adventure of making our lives a little more organized, and the feeling of accomplishment if we just keep plugging along doing a little at a time.

There is a song we use to sing at church camp, "it only takes a spark, to get a fire going . . . and soon, all those around, can warm up to it's glowing".  That's what I think of each of us on this adventure . . . a spark of motivation . . . someone to encourage us to get moving, to get things accomplished.  We compare notes, offer advice and encouragement . . .  and it snowballs.   ;D

Good job everyone!!   :)

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 07, 2011, 07:58:59 PM
Aaaaaa-choooo . . . . moved furniture around today - quite a layer of dust behind stuff - guess that happens when it hasn't been moved in 10+ years!!   ::)  (it's too heavy to move without unloading everything - which I did today).

I got the old entertainment center emptied out and moved to the living room temporarily.  Vacuumed and moved the new bookcases into place.   :)  I have a huge pile of books, papers, knick knacks, etc. all over the floor in the bedroom - I will have to vacuum or dust off all of it before I put it in the new bookcases.  Aaaaa-choooo again!!

Then, after dinner - my hubby and I dismantled the old entertainment center which goes back to his niece.  It was too big and heavy to leave it all assembled, we had to take it all apart so they could pick it up.  :( Hopefully, they will pick it up in the next few days so we can get it out of the living room.

I have to work tomorrow, so the sorting and cleaning of stuff for the bookcases will have to wait until Friday or this weekend.  It will take some getting used to seeing them in there - the entertainment center has been in there for the last 16 yrs.!!

Now, I'm ready for bed . . . I'm tired!  Insert the icon with the person yawning.

Bucky

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on December 08, 2011, 10:37:09 AM
Carebear,

I didn't congratulate you on the painting! That's a real accomplishment.  ;)

Bucky,
Good luck with finishing with all you have going.  I'm sure you'll have it looking good.  Boxes from 2003, huh? Wow! 

I'd love to be doing more, but I know it's not happening any too soon. I'm glad you're able to tackle all your projects.  ;)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on December 08, 2011, 02:04:18 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback Melinda and Bucky!   :D  And Bucky, you've sure been busy with all your cleaning and organizing!

Ten days ago I decided to turn over another leaf.  I've been eating badly for years now, likely because that's the easier thing to do when you are sick.   Whatever the excuse,  I did a 180 last week.  I stopped the junk food, measure everything I eat, and I found a website that will calculate my caloric intake and exercise daily.

I really had no idea how much I was inhaling without thought before.  When you write down what you eat, it really gives you pause.  It's been very, very hard though.    :P  But my stomach thanks me.   ;)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on December 08, 2011, 08:46:56 PM
Carebear,

That's a BIG leaf you've turned over, but I'm sure you will do well and your body will thank you.  ;)

 Yes, it's so easy to eat whatever is handy, convienent and available when we're ill.  I remember 2 winters ago when I was still struggling to work, my husband would call me as I got off and ask what I'd like for dinner.  I'd say "I don't care; just as long as it's 1) food, and 2) something warm."

But, back to you! I'm sure it's hard to make such big changes. I've found sometimes that little changes can really add up and not be so daunting, but that's just me.  Good luck-we're all rooting for you!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on December 08, 2011, 09:22:51 PM
You are right about it being a big leaf that I turned, Melinda.   I just knew I had to stop the junk food "cold turkey" though, because there is no control.  :-[ 
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 09, 2011, 07:31:52 AM
Good Luck Carebear on your New Leaf.   ;)

Have you ever seen any of the Eat This, Not That books?  They have some real simple "exchanges" of food that will save calories, sodium, carbs, etc.  It's amazing  :o how many calories some of the meals are when you eat out!! All the gravies, sauces, condiments, breads all really pack on the calories!  Or even the frozen food you buy at the grocery store that is labeled "healthy" - really isn't.

I've always heard that a person shouldn't venture into or buy very many products from the inside center of a store (where all the processed foods are) - and stick to the perimeter of the store where all the "fresh" food is at.

Plus, we all know that eating at home is cheaper than eating out as we can control the portions and ingredients.

I need to work on this too.  The hard part for me is that my family doesn't like vegetables - or fruit for that matter.  I wish they would at least "try" some of them.  It's not easy trying to prepare several different meals for dinner. 

Bucky

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: engy on December 11, 2011, 07:27:57 AM
Wow! You are all doing great!

I cleaned out my sock drawer and after reading Bucky's post I'm going to do my food cupboards next  :)

Now, if I only had 3 days to tackle my clothes closet! haha
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on December 11, 2011, 11:06:56 AM
We've decided not to do a Christmas tree this year.  I'm okay with that.  Got a few more little things done but this cold is killing me.  I've got 4 1/2 full days of office work left and 2 work at home days left and then I've got 12 days to do nothing but recuperate.  I'm hoping to finish up what projects I've left to finish and be done with them.  <sigh>
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on December 21, 2011, 10:01:23 AM
I finally cleaned off my post office, er um, my dining room table.  whew! :o
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 21, 2011, 11:00:10 AM
I finally cleaned off my post office, er um, my dining room table.  whew! :o

Nara - glad yours is done . . . can you come do mine?   ;)

The dining room table is right behind where my computer desk is (I'm of the old school and still use a PC and don't have a laptop).  The dining room table is my "control center".  It has our son's school papers, schedules, etc.  This is where I pay the bills.  There is a blood pressure machine sitting there.  Books.  Pieces of papers for all kinds of things.  A box of Christmas cards.  A pile of Christmas cards from last year (needed to check on an address and haven't put them back away yet).  Some ornaments that need to go to the basement.  Just everything in on this table.

We don't "eat" at this table.  Even when it is totally cleared off, we seldom eat there.  Only when we have company (and those occasions are far and few between).  We have an attached "snack bar" in the kitchen and that is where we usually eat.

Why is it so much easier to give advice than to take it ourselves?  (meaning, ME  ;) )

Good job, Nara!!

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on December 21, 2011, 12:53:43 PM
My leaves have been a bit wilted these days.   ;D  I overdid my exercising two weeks ago...thought I could do an hour of water aerobics.   :(  WRONG.  So I've been reminded once again that I am not invincible.

In spite of that setback, I have been able to get my office  back in order.  New desk, new bulletin boards, new paint, new light fixture.   :D   Ready for Christmas.

I can't wait to show it off.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on December 21, 2011, 08:40:42 PM
Yeah, Nara!  ;)  Hope you're feeling much better.  8)

Bucky, you sound like me.  I have an "old-school" desktop and desk, too, and I cannot seem to keep it from collecting stuff.  I really do try... :)   Today I began looking for an important paper and ended up cleaning out the desk and drawer again.  Had a pile of crap to throw out.

And I sometimes think I'm "organized," HA!

Carebear, I'm sure you'll be ready to show off that office.  :D  We have a tiny bedroom that would make a great office, but for now it's my sewing room.  My hope is to incorporate the two~ that could be a project for next year.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on December 25, 2011, 03:49:15 PM
I got my pantry cleaned out last night.  I even cleaned out under the kitchen sink too.  I don't know what's gotten into me but I'm taking advantage of it while it lasts.  My feet are screaming obscenities at me tonight though. 
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: eyeamdry on December 25, 2011, 10:33:24 PM
As a sort of sidebar*  Don't products like makeup, antiseptics, peroxide, all the stuff we keep year after year (well-I do) lose their potency and are possibly dangerous after 6-12 months?  I have stuff that I get at a free gift with purchase of a beauty produce (usually) and I keep coming into these things that are in purses, closets and all over.  I am going to pitch all that.  My husband has shaving lotion that is probably 10 years old.  I think I will toss what I can of his (and replace).  This doesn't take much planing and effort and can be fun if you get in a pitch mood.  Clutter is not the way to go.  Lucy
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 26, 2011, 07:30:10 AM
As a sort of sidebar*  Don't products like makeup, antiseptics, peroxide, all the stuff we keep year after year (well-I do) lose their potency and are possibly dangerous after 6-12 months?

Lucy - yes, they do lose their potency.  Here's a post that I made last year that has a list of how long you should keep things and when to get rid of them.  http://sjogrensworld.org/forums/index.php?topic=11841.msg121596#msg121596

Have fun getting rid of the old stuff.   ;)

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: harlin on December 26, 2011, 11:37:43 AM
Hey Bucky
Am I to late to join? I really need to get rid of the clutter and clean out my basement. I am sorry to say it hasn't been done for about 3 years. It was all I could do to clean the other 2 floors so I never got around to it. We have had carpet rolled up in the garage for 3 years and this year by golly we are going to put it down. After we paint and get rid of about everything down there. We had a flood 3 years ago 2 weeks befor Christmas so that is why it is such a mess.

My other project is myself. I am going to start walking every day. My chiropractor said to start out 5 minutes a day and build up. Every time I try something happens to set me back. But I am going to listen and start at 5 minutes.

I hope everyone is sticking to their projects and I am not to late to join. Will keep you posted on my progress also
Love and prayers to all, harlin
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on December 26, 2011, 12:06:04 PM
It's never too late to turn over a new leaf, Harlin!  Great projects, by the way.   :D

I started recording my food intake and exercise, one month ago today.  And I am very proud to say that while I enjoyed my Christmas dinner very much, including dessert, I did not over do it.   :D  I wasn't really trying to lose a lot of weight, but I'm down 4 pounds anyway.  I feel so much better...great way to start the new year.

I've also sold most of my items on Kijiji.  Only a few things remaining.

Time to go through my cosmetics...
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 26, 2011, 02:05:07 PM
Am I to late to join?

harlin - you're never too late!   ;)  Welcome aboard!   :D

Sounds like you have a project to keep you busy for a while.

Good luck on the walking project.  I wish there were sidewalks where I live, but we live out in a rural area and there aren't any.  You take your life into your own hands walking along the side of the road - especially, since there are curves by my house.  Wish we lived close to each other, we could do it together.   :)

Carebear - good job on losing the 4 lbs.! 

I'm happy for you that you have sold most of your items you had on Kijiji.  Congrats!  I had made two fliers w/pictures and posted them with some items for sale and never did get any calls on any of it.   :(  Guess I'll have to resort to putting an ad in the newspaper.  (I was hoping to go the FREE route and not have to pay for an ad.)

Hard to believe it's the last few days of 2011!   :o

Have a good week everyone.

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: harlin on December 27, 2011, 03:42:44 PM
Bucky, I wish we lived near each other also! That would give us some insentive to keep going!
It is always better to walk with someone. My therapist says walking and
Talking with a friend is one of the best therapies there is.

This is a great thread that you post every year to keep us motivated!

Love and prayers to all
Harlin
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 27, 2011, 04:41:59 PM
This is a great thread that you post every year to keep us motivated!

Thanks, Harlin.   :-*  I enjoy having the company and comradership of all of you here.  We can help inspire, encourage, and share with each other.  Makes it a bit more fun.   ;D

Bucky



Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: WYdry on December 28, 2011, 11:22:59 AM
Hi Bucky! I'm interested in joining this project to get a couple of rooms cleaned out! I'm not able to work on it every day but want to get them cleaned out and straightened up this year! Of course one of the rooms is my husband's "toy room" so that may take a while to get thru. Thanks for the great idea to support each other in our projects.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 28, 2011, 05:34:44 PM
Hi WYdry - glad to see you jump right in as a "newbie".   ;)

At work, I've started getting new files made for 2012.  Wish I could get motivated to do that at home!   ???  I guess when you get paid to do it, it makes a difference!  LOL

Most men's "toy rooms" are in the garage.   ;)  Unless of course, they are big into sports and then it consumes the whole house!!  My husband's "toys" are his cameras - wish he had a room specifically for them as they tend to end up in the living room.  He's kinda taken over a corner section in the living room with books, cameras, etc.   ::)

Good Luck on your projects - let us know how you're progressing.

Bucky

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Narablueeyes on December 28, 2011, 05:59:12 PM
Welcome WYdry! 

I woke up this morning with woman issues that I won't get into but after a few hours, I just forced myself to get up and got two weeks worth of laundry done in an afternoon.  I'm pooped but feel quite satisfied.   8)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: reallyneedsanap on December 30, 2011, 07:41:36 AM
I think this is a wonderful way to start my new year!  I am so glad that I tripped over it! 

I have so many things to do that my life often seems overwhelming, especially with my physical limitations.  So what I can commit to (without needing to be committed) is that I will choose one small task every day, strictly for my personal life.  I will choose one moderate task per week, and one major task to work on per month.  I will forgive myself if I don't finish all of them, and will not give up! 

I want to sell my townhouse this year.  It needs painting, a cabinet replaced in the kitchen, and many little things.  I will start one room at a time beginning with my daughter's bedroom (she is going back to college next week) so that I can sit in there to remind myself that I CAN get it done bit by bit!  I might even try posting before and after photos!

Much support to you all!  I am enjoying reading your posts!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on December 30, 2011, 10:04:40 AM
MaryElven - glad you have decided to join us in our quest to get organized and get projects done around the house in 2012.

We have soooo many members here, that I don't always recognize names.  I see that you joined our forum in Oct. 2010.  If I didn't welcome you then, welcome now!   :D  There is a wealth of information here concerning Sjogren's and "other" things (which is what our Social board is all about). 

It can be discouraging when we can't do things we use to do - but, it's not worth beating ourselves up over it.  It might take us longer to get things done - but slow and steady is a good thing (in my opinion).   ;)

Good luck with your projects - keep us posted on how you progress with them.

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: harlin on January 03, 2012, 07:51:53 AM
Hey everyone,
Just a little progress report from me to you! :)
Yesterday was a very productive day. Undecorated the church and also undecorated my house. I bought totes and organized all my Christmas things by rooms and labeled each box. Hopefully I can go to the basement and at least go thru one box with old Christmas stuff to either donate of throw away. I have the baby (11 months) today so I don't know what I will get done. But I am going to try!!

Everyone keep up the good work  :-*
hugs and prayers, harlin
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on January 04, 2012, 12:00:40 PM
harlin - good job on getting a lot accomplished!   ;D

One of the key points professional organizers keep repeating . . . label, label, label!  It sure saves a lot of time (and hunting).   ;)

Today, I'm about ready to hoist the white flag and frantically wave it . . . .  :(

Like the title of Peter Walsh's book - It's All Too Much.  I'm so overwhelmed today with my bedroom.

They came and hauled off my old box springs and mattress today and delivered the new ones.   ;D  Yay!

However . . . the new stuff is in the living room until I get the bedroom all ready for it.

I have been vacuuming and moving all the "stuff" that I store (hide) under the bed.  Do the rest of you store things under your bed?

I'm done with the vacuuming and dusting of all above "stuff".  I "could" bring the new box springs and mattress in right now - but, I wouldn't be able to walk around the bed to make it because of all the stuff on the one side of the bed.

The part that is really overwhelming is the BIG pile of things I had moved from the entertainment center several weeks ago that are STILL sitting on the bedroom floor.   :(  If you recall, I got two bookcases that replaced the entertainment center.  The entertainment center held A LOT of stuff.  Now . . . I have to sort through the mess and find spots for them in the new bookcases.

There are sooooo many papers - things I want to keep - but, I need to group them together, etc.  I really don't want to take the time to do that right now, but if I don't, I know it won't get done for another 10 years.   ::)

I can't blame anyone but myself for this mess.  I just kept procrastinating and now it's caught up with me. 

I know I've posted before about going slow and steady . . . well, I NEED to get this done - and get it done TODAY!!   :o 

I'm taking a lunch break right now, and then it's back to the grind.

I've got to get a handle on this stuff this year . . . IT'S ALL TOO MUCH!

My plan of action is to "kinda" group things together, but don't take the time to really sort through them (and purge) at this time.  My goal is to get the floor cleared so I can get the new bed in for tonight.  Plus, the new bed is propped up blocking the TV in the living room and "the boys" will not like that one bit!

If I could just keep plugging along at it, I know I will eventually get it done.  It's the having to stop to fix dinner, etc. that slows me down.  Plus, I didn't sleep well last night in the living room recliner (bed was already torn down and waiting in the living room to be hauled away today) and I would LOVE to take a nap - but, I don't dare or I for sure will not get it done today.   ::)

Okay, break time is over - thanks for listening . . . I'M GOIN' IN!!   ???

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on January 04, 2012, 09:02:35 PM
I'm done!!! . . . for today.   ;)

The new bed is in the bedroom, all made up and ready for me to crawl in and test 'er out.  Oh my goodness, this bed is higher than my old one . . . I'm going to have to get a running start in the hallway to get up there!!  LOL

I'm going to have to buy a new mattress cover as mine doesn't quite fit it as the mattress is thicker.  The old one will do for now, but I will have to get a new one.

I've got 90% of the "stuff" put away off the floor in the bedroom.  I did just kinda stuff things in the bookcase for now.  I WILL go back and go shelf by shelf, piece by piece and purge and get rid of things - but not today!

I am soooo tired.  Just took a shower and am ready to hit the hay - I have to work tomorrow.

Goodnight.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  Oh, if you hear a thud during the night - it's just me, I fell out of bed!   ???

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on February 08, 2012, 08:20:27 PM
I started painting my bathroom back in December, but I ran out of steam and put all the supplies away.  Well, good news!  I finally finished the job!

And I got the room put back together in time for a family birthday party.  Phew!

Next project...maybe the living room.   ;D
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on February 08, 2012, 08:57:18 PM
(insert clapping hand emotion here) Good job, Carebear!!   ;D

I bet it makes you feel good that your project is completed and you can actually "see" the results of your labor.

What are you going to do in your living room?  Paint?

I haven't touched the 10% "stuff" STILL on the bedroom floor.  (They are in computer paper boxes - so they aren't all over the bedroom - but, they still haven't found a home yet.)

It seems on my days off work that I have enough to keep me busy with laundry, housecleaning, groceries, banking, etc., I don't want to have to "work" around the house.   :-\  Of course, if I stayed off the computer, I could get a whole lot done!   ::)  Some day!

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on February 09, 2012, 08:39:36 AM
Bucky - yes, more painting is in my future.  But it will take some time to "save up some spoons".
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Cricket on February 09, 2012, 11:45:29 AM
Hope I can still jump in, don't know how I've missed this!

I have a afghan I started for my granddaughter, it is in the first row yet, that I need to do.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on February 11, 2012, 08:47:50 AM
Cricket - of course you are welcome to join in . . . the more, the merrier!   :D

When you mention about an afghan you started for your granddaughter - it reminds me that I started a baby afghan when I found out I was pregnant with our son.  Um . . . . well . . . . that baby afghan is only 8" deep by 3 ft. wide - it looks more like a scarf than an afghan.  Oh, and by the way, the said son I was making it for is 16 yrs. old now!!!   ::)

I'd finish it (if I EVEN remember how to do that) and let him use it on his bed - but, I doubt he would like a baby afghan in the pink/blue/cream colors on his bed.  Maybe, "some day" I'll try and finish it and give it to HIS children.   :-\

Here's hoping your afghan gets finished and given to your granddaughter while she's still little.   ;)

Jackles - as hard as it was to turn this project over to others, I'm sure it will be worth it in the long run to get the house ready so you can move in. 

I've always heard it said that make sure you have everything done before you move in, or it will never get done.  Case in point - our house - which my hubby worked on after work and on the weekends (prior to me even knowing him).  He moved in and 21 years later - there is still no trim in the half bath, and one of the  bedrooms still has PRIMER on the walls - never been painted!   ???  He got so tired of working on the house that he never finished stuff.   :(

A lot of the rooms have been painted only within the last 10 years!!   ::)  Can we say King & Queen of Procrastination?  It seems the only time we get motivated to get a house project done is if company is coming.  Needless to say, we don't get much company!   :-\

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: harlin on February 11, 2012, 10:51:12 AM
Sorry everyone I let you down this year. I had so much planned for this winter. My basement still sits unfinished. Along with everything else. I have been lucky to even clean anything. Mostly stay in bed as it feels better in bed due to shingles.

Love and prayers, keep up the good work everyone.
harlin

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Carebear on February 11, 2012, 12:47:10 PM
Harlin - You haven't let anyone down.   Besides, you always have the Spring!  ;)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on February 11, 2012, 05:18:35 PM
((Harlin)) - as Carebear posted, you haven't let anybody down. You had an uninvited guest come to visit and who knew they would take up residence with you for over a month now.  :(

With the pain you've been in, it takes all your spoons and then some just to make it through each day.  Forget about your "planned projects" for now - just concentrate on kicking those shingles to the curb!!

Don't worry . . . those projects will still be waiting for you.   ;)

Take care Harlin.

Bucky

Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: hootyhu1 on February 12, 2012, 05:03:31 PM
I kinda read this post late but sometimes that is me, better late than never :)  I am coming up on move #4 in 3 years and in those 3 years adding 2 children and seeming to never fully unpack because 'we aren't going to be here long enough so....."

Well, Here is my big list!

1)  I need to downsize before we move and baby #2 gets here in 2 months or so.
2)  move and UNpack our entire house (we will be there for 3-4 years).
3)  Exercise to get healthier and lose this baby weight.....even from baby #1
4)  I will be a new SAHM so I also need to find an identity for myself that doesn't involve my job.


all of these are my big items which of course will be broken down into small 'manageable'  tasks, I will keep you updated

=Hootyhu
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Cricket on February 13, 2012, 11:54:49 AM
Well my afghan will have to wait a bit longer as I am sick again with sinus infection and bronchitis..

Got meds from dr on Saturday and he actually called me today and wants to see me tomorrow.
Hope I can kick this soon!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: hootyhu1 on February 14, 2012, 11:11:41 AM
Ok, guys and gals........

I have accomplished so much today!

My husband took me out to breakfast, I almost fell over! he, he, he!!!

I cleaned my entire kitchen, living room, and both bathrooms
Dusted my blinds, and both ceiling fans
vacuumed and mopped all of my floors
cleaned out my GROSS car
dropped off my daughter's old clothes at a consignment store

now I need to pick up my daughter from daycare (yes that was the key to my success today)

My daughter and I will do a 'Valentine dinner' (daddy is working late so it is just the 2 of us tonight.....maybe I'll paint her toes pink!

Then I am sure I will pass out tonight and all of my work will be undone by tomorrow afternoon when my husband is home all day tomorrow.......story of my life!

oh, and I have all the tax stuff organized and now need to send it off to our tax guy.......busy day:)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on February 14, 2012, 12:53:49 PM
Hooty - good job - you got a lot accomplished today!!   ;D

For myself, I find I can get a lot more done when none of the family members are home and in my way.  From your post, that seemed to work for you today too.   ;)

I had good intentions to do many of the things you listed today - but . . . . (and there's always a but . . . ) an uninterrupted nap sounded so much more appealing (I did set the alarm so I didn't sleep the day away - only a little over a hour).  I've done a few things around the house today, but not what I had hoped to have done.

Oh well, there's always tomorrow, right?  :D

It is so disheartening to me to know I have spent the entire day cleaning, doing laundry, paying bills, etc. and the family comes home and by morning the house looks like a tornado came through overnight.   :-\  We're so unappreciated and taken for granted . . . at least I feel that way some days.

Breakfast out . . yum.  I think I would prefer to eat breakfast out than go out to dinner in the evening. 

Enjoy your Valentine's evening with your daughter.  I bet she would enjoy having her toenails painted by Mommy.

Good job on the tax papers, etc. - that's still on my "to do" list. 

OK, Little-Momma-in-waiting, take it easy and don't overdo it too much.

Bet you'll sleep well tonight.   ;)

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: hootyhu1 on February 14, 2012, 02:21:43 PM
Oh, Bucky.....

I hope that I do sleep well, that has been eluding me for a bit and I will be honest, I think I am starting into a flare up.....I just keep pushing myself, I have so much to do and so little time.  I am trying to push off Prednisone as long as I can.

 Just for the record, my daughter has been home for less than an hour and the living room looks tornado stricken, lol.....it was short lived!
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: lighthouse33 on February 16, 2012, 08:47:58 AM
My project for this morning was changing my bedding.  Won't go into how long it has been since the sheets have been washed!  This was all done because I got a Cooling Blanket that I wanted to put on it.  It's supposed to make you sleep cooler.  If I like it I may get the sheets, pillows and mastress pad.  One reviewer wrote that she has terrible nerve pain and couldn't sleep but after she got the matress pad and blanket she can sleep through the night. 

Now that the bed is finished, I'm washing the sheets and blanket that will go into storage.  I will have to fold those.  Hope I get a second wind. 

My other project is walking.  I'm up to 9 minutes on the treadmill wearing 4 pounds in my walking weight vest.
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: hootyhu1 on February 20, 2012, 06:51:50 PM
Lighthouse! Good Job on the walking! you are one up on me :)

I need to change my bedding too.....it's been a while.

I am up to potty training my 2 year old, ugh! she did great today home with daddy. only 2 accidents, YAY!!!!!! I hope she is that good for me tomorrow!


-Hootyhu
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Bucky on March 13, 2012, 02:58:06 PM
Woohoo . . . today, I FINALLY got all the Christmas decorations taken back down to the basement and brought up all the spring decorations!   ;D

I love all the yellows and colorful Easter eggs I have throughout the house - sorry snowmen, you've been replaced!!   ;)   ;D

The other day I saw the 20/20 My Extreme Affliction program - WOW!!  Did anyone else see that program?  The part on the hoarding was just heartbreaking.  I know for myself, I keep too much stuff around the house, but nothing even remotely extreme like some of those people.

In fact, after watching that show, that makes me want to really downsize all the more!!

With garage sale season coming (not soon enough for me!!  ;)) - I want to be ruthless and haul a ton of stuff out to the garage and get rid of it.  I'd like to make some money off of all of it - but, when I'm done with the sale - I don't want to bring anything left over back into the house.

Speaking of selling . . . a couple weeks ago I put an ad on Craigslist for the old wardrobe I had bought at a sale last year.  It was a really unique, nice piece of furniture - but, I just didn't have room for it.  I got a call within a half hour of placing the ad and the person came and looked at it and bought it!!  Yay!!  (plus, I made double what I paid for it . . .  ;D)

Good luck to everyone else in their "new leaf" endevours.  Does anybody have any projects in the works?

Bucky
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on March 13, 2012, 09:09:16 PM
Yeah, Bucky!!  The Christmas decor has been replaced by the spring decorations.  ;) ;) 8)

I didn't see the program you referred to, but I admit to watching those "hoarding" shows.  My husband thinks they're sort of disgusting, but I really find it interesting what makes someone behave that way.
(and it makes me think about what we have around that I could do without)  :-\

I suppose I have a project I am TRYING to get started on.  A small room off our kitchen, sort of a breakfast nook.  It has 4 windows and could be very nice, however since we moved here almost 4 years ago it has housed our computer desk, a file cabinet and a large glass-topped bar with 2 stools!  It's also become the "catch-all" for a case of water or box of soft drinks.  It's so sad!  :-[

My plan is to banish the bar/stools to the covered porch, which my husband is finally wrapping his mind around since he really likes the "thing."  Sell the desk and cabinet.  Put an outdoor bench we have (very comfy) at one set of windows and find a small dining table.   There's a wall full of cabinets on the other side with a counter, so we can actually have a dining area.  Whoo-hoo!  Some light-sage green on the walls and new curtains and I think it will be very pretty. 

NOW just to begin!  Gotta paint the ceiling, so any "atta girl's" you have will help me get it going.  ;D 8)
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: hootyhu1 on March 14, 2012, 05:06:28 PM
Meld,

That sounds Fabulous!!!!!! I hope you get that going!-Hootyhu
Title: Re: A New Leaf Club 2011/2012
Post by: Meld256 on March 14, 2012, 09:11:39 PM
Thanks, hooty!

Got as far as more color ideas today, but the big goal tomorrow is to start out on that ceiling. (too much weariness today)  My mantra will be "You can DO it!."   :D