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Title: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 01, 2014, 12:47:52 PM
Happy New Year!!   ;D

Today, is January 1st, 2014 . . . .  a brand new day, a brand new year, and brand new adventures that lie ahead in this new year.

If you have been around this forum for a while, in years past, I posted about a New Leaf Club that started in December 2009.  The premise of this "club" was a support group for our members who are looking to get their affairs in order - whether it be their house, their jobs, their families, etc.  For myself, I am more focused on my home and getting it organized so my "spoon" allotment is used wisely.

Here is a link to our club last year and from some other previous years:  http://sjogrensworld.org/forums/index.php?PHPSESSID=66934de8472f8cfdbfda0742d2971e21&topic=21551.msg236498#msg236498

Just as in years past, I still struggle with the same old problems . . . clutter.  It wastes sooooo much time and effort (and spoons) when I spend way too much time hunting for things.  There are several reasons why I think THIS year I might finally make some headway in my quest for a more clutter-free home. 

#1  Our son is graduating from high school in May.  We will be having out-of-state family coming for the occasion.  If I start now - in January - that will give me five months to keep working on the house and have it ready by graduation.

#2  This past fall we had to prepare my parents house (and my childhood home) to sell to settle my parents estate.  It was such a daunting task to sort through 63 years of their life together and empty the house.  They had accumulated so much "stuff" along the way.  Way too much stuff.  I had to help with this cleaning out and it made me want to come home to my own house and downsize immediately.   

Life IS all about juggling so many things - our day-to-day activities, our homes, our families, our jobs, our health, our way of living.  I know for myself, that the journey is made sweeter when you have support and encouragement along the way.  That's what this "club" is all about.

I don't want this thread to focus on our health - even though that IS a big part of juggling life.  I want this to be about projects we are working on, plans for gardens, shared ideas on organizing, filing systems that work, craft projects, recycling projects, etc.  Please, no Debbie Downers - I want to keep this thread upbeat, positive and encouraging.

My first accomplishment of this 1st day of January is to install a new Carbon Monoxide detector in the hallway outside our bedrooms.  Everyone should check their smoke alarms today too to make sure they are in working order.

Is there anybody who wants to be a part of this Juggling Life Club with me? 

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: genko_b on January 01, 2014, 04:52:55 PM
Hi Bucky - I'm in!

We are looking at downsizing soon as well. When my sister and I had to clear out our mother's house after the family had been there for 50 years, we went through something similar to what you did, and I am determined not to do that to either of our kids.

We are also planning a lot of travel this year, to see some places we've wanted to see before we are beyond that kind of travel. So very much a juggling act this year, making sure we have the energy for that.

My resolution to avoid build-up of clutter - handle each piece of mail only once. Open it, read it and dispose of it one way or another. If it is a bill I write it out right then and put a sticky on it saying when to mail it. It requires being completely on top of the bank balance, which also prevents nagging stress. You know what you have to spend.

Genko

Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on January 01, 2014, 10:20:59 PM
Bucky count me in. It is this year for me!!!! I still need to repeat last years. Need to get rid of stuff I never did, but will do. I need one place to put mail, and sort carefully through, and make a box etc. for the papers that need to be kept.

I need to start with tonight, and it's really into the morning where I am at, by throwing something away that has been sitting for a long time.

I hope later today to put away my little table top tree back into my closet.

On the 1st I did some sewing.

 I will say prayers for all of us on this.  :)

Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: SjoGirl on January 02, 2014, 08:59:08 AM
I'm in and as you suggest, it's one step at a time. Before you know it you will have "walked" a mile, maybe two. . .
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on January 02, 2014, 12:27:27 PM
Life IS all about juggling so many things...

I am still handling estate matters;
In hindsight. I should have handed over all the files to the attorney, and let the firm do the muddling. The fee for conversations/email, it would have been the more expedient way to go.
We will list the home in early spring, have photos done, prospective buyers have the option of purchasing furniture, etc.
Since the home is at the shore hopefully we will spend time there this summer for a much needed and overdo rest. We will need to be there anyway.

We started re-doing closet space here to make it more effective and easier for me to use.

The kitchen pantry had a lot of wasted space; things lost in the back, time wasted looking for things and it was tiring. When simple things time me I get frustrated.

So we had shelves cut (fee of charge when you buy the wood) and the braces and installed 3/4 shelves inbetween the existing ones. The 3/4 let the light in and now I can put cans there in order and not lose things. We painted inside semi-gloss white for added light and durability.
We added a bottom shelf to hold the cookie sheets (that usually nest in the oven) and the roasting pan, etc. So now I do not have to take them out of the oven when I want to use it and then have to find a place to put them and have them in the way...some of you may know what I mean.  ;)

We changed the configuration of the shelves in the refrigerator.
So now the milk and heavier items, I am able to lift.

We just purchased a new carpet cleaner that is "all terrain". We researched cleaners to death. With berber carpet in the family room we really need a great machine that would extract and NOT leave the carpet wet.

Used it.  Oh my...what a huge difference. The sand colored wall-to-wall is sand colored again...wow. And this carpet is more than 15 years old.
Tried it on the kitchen, which I though was clean-ish...water came up gray.
Grout in the bathroom ..looking good.
Hoover Max Extract All Terrain. It has to be ordered online. We went with Walmart (free shipping) as then if we did not like it we could return locally and not have to box-up and ship back. Came in a matter of days.

So for now re-doing, utilizing dead closet space.
I would like to add a small chest in each under where shirts hang, maybe Ikea, which means I could possibly open space in bedroom.  Add a shelf above the existing shelf...just a dead zone.  Wish the rods for hanging clothes were higher..but we are not into ripping out and plaster... :o
Once I clean out a closet ...it is not filled with things we do not use...so recycled/donated.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on January 02, 2014, 08:43:01 PM
Last night I did throw an old notebook with useless papers away. I did get the little table top tree put up today. I even moved some things around in the area where I sew to have a bit more room to put my fabric in. I am so pleased.

I even ate healthy today. I also said a prayer for all of us on all of this.

susanep :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 03, 2014, 05:59:36 AM
I'm in.  I have several goals to work on this year.

1.  Declutter and organize (right there with the rest of you)
2.  Finish my book that I have worked on for four years (romance trash novel)
3.  Get my downstairs repainted
4.  Remodel my spare bedroom into a Royal Room (I'm a princess at heart)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 03, 2014, 01:49:02 PM
Hi Mrs Bucky!

I'm in - better late than never!

We have our house up for sale at the moment. It has four bedrooms and we are hoping to downsize to two, so I'm with everyone else with the de-cluttering.

I'm hoping to clear some paperwork this weekend but the nightmare for me is the garage. Apart from everything else, we have 3 sets of tyres to store, as we are using winter tyres now. Goodness only knows what we will do with them.

Thank you for getting us organised.

Hugs
KAthyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on January 03, 2014, 04:45:00 PM
I'm in! Working on a number of things:
1. Back yard.Got the wood cut up, manure in the flower beds and blubs planted. *^(@#(%^$ Chinese Elms possibly all gone (every time I said they were, I found more...) Everything mulched -- Mt. Massive free mulch on the driveway, five feet tall, is all in the flower beds or vegetable garden in the back yard. Still to do: get rest of peachcot stump out of yard, get dirt with manure and fertilizer rototilled, reseed.
Also: shed up on concrete slab.
2. Kitchen: clean up, clean fridge, start cooking again.
3. Dining room table: cleaned off, projects done.

THere is more, much more, but this is where I am starting.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on January 03, 2014, 09:28:18 PM
Today I did some more organizing in my sewing area. Got rid of one bag in that room.
Did some planning on a project.

susanep :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 03, 2014, 10:05:06 PM
Welcome to all (8 of us, so far) who are going to juggle our lives together.   :D  Anyone is welcome to join anywhere along the way . . . the more, the merrier.

I don't know about you, but I find that I am constantly having to do the "usual" things like grocery shopping, cooking, dishes, laundry, house cleaning, my job, bill paying, etc., that I'm tired after that to even think about doing anything on the "to do" list.   :-\ 

It sure would be nice to do a job (cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, etc.) once and be done with it.  Nope, you have to keep doing it over, and over, and over.  Sigh.

Do any of you find that if you write down your intentions (make a "to-do" list) that you are more apt to actually do it than just "talking" about it?  Maybe it's the satisfaction I get when I see the items on the list being crossed off as completed that keeps me motivated.

Many times in the evening when my husband comes home from work and I've been home for the day he'll ask, "what did you do today?" (I work part-time, two days a week in the winter, and three days a week the rest of the year).  Some days I can rattle off quite a few things (from the list two paragraphs above), other times I say, "well . . . . . I had good intentions to do ________ (fill in the blank), but I ended up doing nothing!".  Thankfully, he doesn't care. 

I have SO many things on my "to do" list that I don't know where to start first.  Some things are "seasonal" - like putting up and taking down decorations, washing curtains, washing windows and others are more involved like organizing a closet, drawer or cabinet.

I'm sure some of you can relate . . . if I want to clean out a drawer for example, I start out doing well, then I get "sidetracked" by stopping and reading a card or letter in the drawer, or having all these little piles laying around as I'm sorting stuff.  Then, you have to take a break to fix dinner.  Then, you throw in a load or two of laundry and empty the dishwasher along the way.  Hours later it's getting bed time and you go into the bedroom only to find the drawer and all these piles all over the bed.  Ugh!!! Oh yeah, I was working on cleaning out the drawer  . . . . gather it all up again, put it back in the drawer and worry about it another day.   ::)  Story of my life!

With the bitter cold here this weekend, my "plan" is to tackle the dining room table that is buried with papers, Christmas cards, college booklets, hangers, magazines, gloves, a few pumpkins that were part of my fall decorations, camera, a stack of papers I sorted a few weeks back (and gathered back up again until I can find a place to file them).  OK, I think I need a nap now!!   ;)

Have a good weekend, everyone.  Good luck with any projects you are working on.  Even if we spend 15 minutes here and there throughout the weekend, we'll make a little bit of headway.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on January 03, 2014, 11:17:26 PM
My "rail" is broken. I derail constantly. I try to remind myself to "finish SOMETHING!"

Just finished my sewing edging on a blanket and hemming a pillowcase.

Goodnight!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 04, 2014, 07:19:39 AM
I've made a start today: we had some house viewers unexpectedly just before Christmas. To make things look tidier, I swept a pile of brochures and papers into a kitchen drawer. Today I have sorted them out - most of them went directly to the paper recycling bin. Phew! one job down, a hundred to do!

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: harrigan on January 04, 2014, 07:56:16 AM
I love this thread Bucky - it really is the stuff of life!

Hope your house viewers were impressed Kathy and your move goes smoothly.  It will be nice to have only half as much house to be responsible for!

I'm terrible at putting house things at the back of my mind whilst sorting out Dad's new house, school-work, 5 kiddults etc.  However, I have a damp patch in my dining roomthat must be dealt with soon so I have contacted someone and am waiting to hear back. It will be a weight off my mind if I can get that done then redecorate as it has been worrying me but not done anything bout it for over a year now!

I also need to get all my mum's lovely china back from a friend's cellar where it is being stored.  Dad has treated me to a lovely welsh dresser so I can store and display it.  It feels like a very positive thing to so having missed her so much this first Christmas without her.  Someone please check up on me to make sure I keep at it!

xx Ailsa
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on January 04, 2014, 01:58:12 PM
The way I got everything done in the front and back yard this late summer and fall and even now is to simply focus on what I am doing NOW. I dug up and poisoned probably 100 treelets in my front yard by focusing on the one I was working on. If I looked up and saw something else that I needed to do, I just told myself, "I'm not there yet." And I kept on.

I made it fun, too. The State Fair was going on, and a lot of people park on my street. As they walked by, I invited them to skip the Fair and help me weed instead, even promising the guys a crack at the power saw. About half of them thought I was a sit-down comic. Most turned me down flat, but one guy said, "You know, you almost got me," but he kept on walking. A neighbor came over to chat, and so on. I thought long and hard and deep about some people and problems and issues, solved some problems and just kept on keeping on. I gave myself permission to stop when I decided to, generally after reaching a sub-goal. I even worked in the dark using a portable light, when it was nice and cool.

Finally, one day I looked at the front yard and all the weeds were gone! I pulled them out or poisoned every one by hand. And I felt like I could do anything!

Then I moved on to Mt. Massive, the pile of free mulch the nice tree guys left me at my request. It was on the driveway, at the highest, five feet high. I got probably 40 bags of manure/compost, and hand dug it into the back yard and front yard flower beds, then planted a whole bunch of bulbs and some perennials. I started putting the mulch from Mt. Massive on them, quite deeply. I got some of the beds done, and then moved the rest of Mt. Massive into the dog cage/vegetable garden. There is a nice guy with no legs who makes the rounds on the sidewalk in his electric wheelchair, and I worked from the garage side. I got most of the pile done, and the last two days, he bet me $5 that I couldn't finish it by Friday. Of course, he couldn't see what all I had done in back. I got it done, partly with the help my neighbor's five-year-old grandson and my neighbor. Little Jack wasn't a lot of help, but he really tried. He got a dustpan, and when Pat and I went to the dog cage with a load, he filled the dust pan, snow shovel and shovel with mulch by hand.

I can't describe the feeling when I returned Pat's wheelbarrow, with the driveway swept off and available again. I haven't worked that hard for $5 for many years! I sat down and wrote Asplund Trees a thank-you letter for the mulch, and added, "If perchance I should ask you for more mulch, please slap me upside the head and refuse!" I signed it, "Exhaustedly." They gave me probably $200 worth of mulch, which I appreciated, and they appreciated not having to take it to the landfill.

Next, I worked on the other flower beds in the back yard, putting another 20 bags of manure and compost in by hand, about 60 bulbs and then putting mulch on it. I made it just before the weather got too cold to plant bulbs. And, I dug out probably 30 Chinese elm weed trees. They made the back yard look like a primeval forest. And I mean, dug out. I had to go over a foot deep in places, saw a whole bunch of it out, then pull out the roots and poison what was left. Every time I thought I was done with the cursed things, I stumbled over some more. I may have them done now. Until something I missed decides to reveal itself in the spring.

And I got it all done by saying to myself, "I'm not there yet." And I gave myself permission to stop and rest. And sit whenever possible. And most importantly, to enjoy what I had accomplished.

Enjoy what you accomplished!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carebear on January 04, 2014, 09:23:38 PM
Count me in, Bucky!

I've been away, enjoying the warm climate of Palm Springs.  And tonight arrived home to -32 degrees, 6 inches MORE snow, and a highway polished like a diamond from the freezing wind.

So, back to reality.  My home office needs some attention, and I will start with the file cabinet.  I plan to go through each file and throw out, relabel, and reorganize the whole shebang.  It's amazing how things get misfiled, duplicated and simply hang around too long.

Start at the top and work my way down.  And I will begin on Monday.  Like Bucky said, if I work at it for short periods of time, it will all add up.  My goal is to completely redo the files by the end of January.

Then I tackle the storage drawers in the office.   :D  Wish me luck.  Thanks for the motivation, Bucky.

I hear the wind howling and realize I should have replaced my weather stripping in the windows and doors a while ago.  That is already on my calendar for my June project.   ;)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on January 05, 2014, 10:26:16 AM
Carebear, be sure to shred anything that could be used against you!

Have fun. Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carebear on January 05, 2014, 10:35:07 AM
Good advice, Sharon.  Leave no evidence!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 05, 2014, 01:58:03 PM
Carebear - I'm sure you really, really, really wish you were back in Palm Springs about now!!  I wish I were in Palm Springs right now!

Good luck everyone with all your projects you are working on.

Two of my all-time favorite pieces of equipment I have in my house that get a lot of use is my shredder and printer/copy machine.  Anything with our name on it, gets shredded.

Well, I didn't get to the dining room table this weekend . . .  :(  But, I have a good excuse ( I can pretty much find a reason for anything . . .  ;) ) - due to the extreme cold temperatures we are experiencing right now, we brought inside our two outdoor cats and I needed to cat-proof the areas where they would be.  I DID get the Christmas tree down and put away - so they wouldn't be messing with it.  Yay, that's done!

I had to bring in a pet crate and get bedding for it, get the kitty litter pan out of the shed, food dish, etc. ready for the cats.  I figure that was a more pressing situation than the dining room table "stuff" - so, I'm not worried it didn't get done this weekend.  There's always this week, or the week after, or the week after that . . . right?  ;D

Now, I have to deal with the head stuffiness and eye itching having the cats indoors for the next several days.  I sure hope the temperature warms up in the above zero numbers soon so they can go back outside.  Atchooooooo

Stay warm everyone.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carebear on January 05, 2014, 05:48:51 PM
Bucky -  You had more pressing things to do for sure, taking care of your kitties.  The dining room table can wait.

Palm Springs....sigh. 

I too was unable to work on my file cabinet because we had the family here to celebrate the first born's birthday. Monday I start shredding.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 06, 2014, 06:51:26 AM
I'm going with the 15 minute rule right now.  I'm taking 15 minutes and doing something small....one thing at a time.  For example, I said I was going to organize, so yesterday (you males will love this), I went through my underwear drawer.  I got rid of a bunch and neatly organized the rest.  Only took 15 minutes and I felt accomplished.  I'm going to do one drawer a day.  Today is the sock drawer and I'll work my way through them.  I figure in two weeks, I'll have organized each drawer and cleaned out some stuff.

It may take me two weeks, but it will get done and then I'll move on to something else.  15 minutes.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: genko_b on January 06, 2014, 10:01:30 AM
This is a great thread! You could pay good money to go to an organizing workshop with all these ideas.

Here's something else I'm doing now. Being vegetarian I do eat vegetables and fruits, but I was noticing that lunch often becomes a quick slice of peanut butter toast and a cup of tea. That cuts out one of the three good opportunities in the day to get some of those five servings of fruit and vegetables.

Rather than resolve to "eat more fruits and vegetables," which can be pretty vague and difficult to assess, I've resolved to eat a big bowl of cut up fruit at breakfast and a big salad at lunch everyday. I can't kid myself about that, and it goes a long way to ensuring I'm getting enough fruit and vegetables. I've stocked the kitchen to make this do-able.

Not only do I feel better physically when I'm eating this way, but I've made a promise to myself that I can keep most of the time, and that boosts my ability to keep going. I have two other tricks. The first is a walk every day. Even a 15 minute walk after each meal - which they say is as beneficial as a longer walk once a day - is possible. The second is to get up when the alarm goes off, even if it turns out you have to go back to bed after a bit. It is easier to talk yourself into staying up, once up, than to talk yourself into getting out of bed.

I love the 15 minute rule!

Take care,

Genko
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 06, 2014, 01:41:17 PM
Genko and Velcro, your 15 minute rule sounds a good idea. I'll have to think about what I can achieve in 15 minutes.

Mrs Bucky, you are right, the kitties deserve your attention far more than the dining table.

Sharon, how on earth did you manage all that donkey work? I feel worn out just reading what your did. I managed to plant about 200 spring bulbs in the autumn, and even that had to be done over several days. The impetus was to make it look good for house buyers, should the house still be for sale by then.

Ailsa, we haven't had any feedback from the viewers. I must get on to the estate agents, to see if they had any comments. These companies charge a small fortune, but don't seem very pro-active.

Carebear, Palm Springs sounds wonderful, but -32 doesn't! I hope you get acclimatised soon.

Hugs
Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on January 06, 2014, 03:06:19 PM
Kathy, it took months. But since all but moving the mulch was a sit-down job, I could work for hours at a time.

BTW, that guy still owes me the $5! ;D

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 07, 2014, 05:45:53 AM
So, I decided to de-clutter my brain, and write down some of the things that have been bugging me/need doing, but haven't been done. Does that count?

BTW, it has been therapeutic for me.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 07, 2014, 08:51:13 AM
Definitely counts! :)

I was able to make it through my sock drawer last night.  Tonight it's on to bras! Ha ha!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on January 07, 2014, 10:47:31 AM
My problem is that I have a hard time throwing things away. If it is worn out, I plan to use it for work clothes.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 08, 2014, 09:48:40 AM
Me too Sharon.  I'm always shoving stuff away going, "Oh I can use that for something."  I have found that most of the time, I never use it for something else.  So I'm trying desperately to retrain myself to just get rid of it.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 08, 2014, 09:51:44 AM
My other problem?  I'm a bargain shopper.  I have, in the past, refused to pay $50 for a bra when I can buy 4 for that price elsewhere.  But then, after a few washes, the wire starts coming out, they lose their shape.  I'm now having to force myself to buy quality over quantity.  The two I paid $50 for last year, are still like brand new.  So I made myself buy two more this weekend and then threw out about 15 of the bad ones last night.

It's definitely a mental game with me.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 08, 2014, 12:30:06 PM
Well done Velcro.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 08, 2014, 09:19:22 PM
So I made myself buy two more this weekend and then threw out about 15 of the bad ones last night.

Wow, 15 bras (well, actually you had 19, counting the 4 "good" ones you now have) - that's a lot of bras!  I have 4 - I'm so boring, I only have two colors - white and toffee.  I know some people have all different colors.

Today, I crossed off something I've had on my "to do" list for a while. We currently get the newspaper delivered four days a week.  We used to only get the Sat. & Sun. paper and they called and added the Thurs. & Fri. for a cheaper rate than just the Sat. & Sun.  I know, strange.  Well, having all these newspapers, plus the two local ones that come free in the mail, I am being buried by newspapers!!!  We just keep piling them up, and never getting around to reading them.  So, today I called the newspaper and cancelled all the papers except the Sunday paper.  The lady says, "you have a great price for the 4 day delivery, and having only the Sunday delivery will cost more" - I told her, "I know, I don't care, as the papers weren't getting read and only causing paper clutter".

Yay, this will help tremendously with all the paper clutter laying around!   :)

Another project I took care of today was I had two almost empty bottles of hand lotion that I needed to consolidate and throw away one of the bottles.  Neither bottle would pump any more, but there was still quite a bit of lotion in the bottom of the bottles. I tried emptying one into the other, but that didn't work as the lotion was too thick to run into the other bottle.  So, I took a knife and cut the one bottle in half so I could scoop the lotion out and manually put it in the other bottle.  There ended up being quite a bit of lotion in the bottle that I couldn't have gotten otherwise, and I didn't want to throw away the lotion.  ( I didn't have a "spatty" as seen on the TV show, Shark Tank. It's a long, skinny spatula that can reach down into bottles such as my lotion bottle to get all the product your pump can't reach.)

So, I got rid of one bottle and can now use one bottle.   :)

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carebear on January 08, 2014, 09:41:02 PM
I feel the need to fess up.  I had good intensions, but have not even touched my file cabinet.  I suppose it's no surprise considering I was away for a while and have much to catch up on.  And this month I have eight medical appointments to prepare for, of which four are this week.

So I admit that I was unrealistic.  I will begin my file cabinet organizing next week instead.

That feels better.  And I too love the genius of the 15 minute rule.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 09, 2014, 12:26:39 PM
So far, it's working for me and really, the 15 minutes don't seem to bad and don't wear me out.  Tonight is swimsuit, cover-ups, and leggings drawer...Lol.  I'm going to break down and get rid of the swim suits that I've been holding onto that I just know I will be able to wear again if I lose 20 lbs!

Bucky, I was surprised I had that many, but then again, I should have thrown many of them away two-three years ago.  I would stuff them to the back of the drawer, even though the wire was gone doing what Sharon said, "Well I can wear it working in the garden."  Psssshhh....like that ever happened.  I actually had more than that.  I threw away 15 but I kept my 4 good ones, plus 2 strapless, 2 sports bras and 2 other black ones.  I did buy the expensive ones in neutrals and whites.  I'm telling you...I'm a hoarder of things as long as I can stuff it somewhere you can't see.  :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 09, 2014, 06:54:52 PM
I'm telling you...I'm a hoarder of things as long as I can stuff it somewhere you can't see.  :)

I had to laugh when you said above "as long as I can stuff it somewhere you can't see".  On the few occasions when someone would be stopping at the house soon, we have been known to quick grab a box or bag and put things in it and put it in the car out in the garage out of sight!   ::)

I wish it was that easy!

I really wish our house had more closet / storage space - I just don't have room to put things.  I not only have my immediate families things in the house, we've also taken in things that belonged to my late MIL, and my late parents. 

It's other peoples stuff that adds to the house clutter.  I don't feel right calling quilts my MIL made or the quilts I had made as memory quilts out of my late mother's clothes as "clutter".  But, I think you know what I mean.  I just don't have extra room to store or display them.  I won't put them in our basement and we don't have an attic, so they have to fit "somewhere" on the main floor of the house.

In fact, I have three boxes (each about the size of a computer paper box) sitting in the living room that have been in the same spot since I brought them home from my parents house in July after Dad's funeral.  I just don't know where to put them.  Several of the boxes are full of photo albums.  I need to take them out of the albums they are in now - the kind that had the plastic that peels and sticks.  I'm not sure I can EVEN get some of the pictures out as they have been in there for over 40 years and might tear when I try to peel them out of the album.

I have so many other projects I NEED to be working on, I will just have to add the photo albums at another time when I have the time to sit down and go through all of them.

Here's a question for y'all.  Do you have any ideas on how I would get the musty smell out of some things I brought back from my parents house?  (Some of these photo albums have that musty smell too - which is another reason I don't want to put them in a closet to stink everything else up.)

As we were cleaning out my parents house to sell we had to get rid of a lot of stuff up in the attic (they had a nice big, walk in attic) because of the musty smell and all the sneezing we were doing.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: genko_b on January 09, 2014, 11:48:01 PM
The only thing I know to get the musty smell out is to air things out in the sun. That will have to wait a while!

Photos are most difficult. When we went through the photos at my parents' home, my daughter scanned in to her computer the ones we wanted to preserve. That was after I went through literally an entire room full of boxes of photos going way back to the 19th century. It took days. We only saved ones where we could identify people for certain, and we only kept the best ones of each person. My daughter made an electronic file of photos to give to each surviving family member, and we got rid of the hard copies. Phew.

The other thing we did was to save only things we would actually use, and we use them, even if they break in the process. We sold a lot at auction, and so far haven't missed any of it. Amazing how you can move on when you do that.

Take care,

Genko
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on January 10, 2014, 01:36:44 AM
I finished a small project I was working on yesterday, and today I have most of another small project I hope to complete today, and get both sent off in the mail later today.

I hope today to get up a couple of boxes in our bigger bedroom to take out, and put in the trash.

My dad is back home now from the nursing home for rehabilitation. He is so happy to be home. I want to see him today, and I have a new pretty calendar to take to him.

I bought some apples today, to have something healthy to eat. I know apples have so many good things in them for us.

I need to get some clothes hung up today, and do some laundry. I hope I get them both done.

susanep :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 10, 2014, 07:59:40 AM
Ha ha Bucky!  That's me!  If you walk in my house, you will see a neat, orderly house.  Hardly any clutter and nothing really sitting around.  Just don't open a drawer, closet or cabinet!  Oh, and if you open my Tupperware cabinet, you're taking your life into your own hands.

That's honestly where my mental block comes in.  If I can fit it in a drawer or cabinet, I'll keep it.  I'm having to force myself to start going through those and get rid of things.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 11, 2014, 11:19:39 AM
Velcro and Bucky

You made me laugh when you mentioned hiding things in your car and cupbaords. I have done both and almost had heart failure when a little boy who was viewing our house recently with his parents pulled open a wardrobe door. I held my breath, as I half expected the stuff to fall out and kill him. Thank goodness he didn't pick the worst wardrobe to open - and he survived!

I've not done very much this week, but my mum is not well so, between working and visiting her, I've not had much time. I will try to sort some paperwork tomorrow.

Kathyx   
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 13, 2014, 11:50:41 AM
I didn't do well this weekend either.  I ended up signing up for a photography class and working on a present for hubs for Valentines, so those took priority.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 13, 2014, 12:41:59 PM
I had mum over for the weekend, so only managed to sort a little paper work. But I'm pleased to have done it

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 14, 2014, 06:43:30 PM
Another week - another opportunity to "juggle life".   ;)

Today, I got quite a bit accomplished on my day off from my job.

*  Gathered up five bags (so far) of newspapers that will go to the recycle bin in town.

*  Washed blankets.

*   Threw out some stale cereal and old crackers for the birds

*   Cut up four small pumpkins I've had sitting on the dining room table from my fall decorations - I threw these outside for the squirrels and deer.

*   Gathered up some old phone books that will go to the recycle bin in town too.

I still have a big pile of newspapers to bag up that has been sitting next to the couch for quite some time.  I hope to get this done this week.

My husband even noticed when he got home from work that a bunch of the newspapers had been cleaned up.  :)

Now to sort through and throw out the tons of college pamphlets, postcards, and literature that has been bombarding the house since August.  I think every college in the U.S. has sent us something!   ::)

I learned something today while sorting through all these newspapers - besides the obvious, that there were WAY too many newspapers cluttering up the kitchen counter and floor in the living room.  A picture caught my eye on the front page of one of the papers.  I thought, hmmm, I know that lady!  I read the article and then understood the bracelet I see this lady wear on her right arm.  I've noticed this bracelet ever since I met her a couple months back and was always going to ask her about it.  I could see that her bracelet had writing on it.  Now, after reading this article, I know what that bracelet is about. 

The article talked about "Gold Star Mothers and families" - which are families that have lost a loved one in war.  This ladies son was killed in 2008 while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The bracelet she wears is to honor her son.

Thank you, Phillip, for your service to your country.  Even though I have never met you, I will remember you and the sacrifice you made each time I see your mom and her bracelet.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: genko_b on January 14, 2014, 11:47:09 PM
Bucky, I'm exhausted just reading what you did! I had plans to work outside over the weekend and those got blown away by a major storm and the Seahawks playoff game. So yesterday I spent much of the day trimming in the front yard. I'll do some more tomorrow. There is no end of what can be done. I broke down so many cardboard boxes for recycling but it didn't make a dent in the pile in the garage.

I think it is important to just do what we can, celebrate our successes, but not set the bar so high we are bound to fail. Better to chip away at it than to give up altogether.

Genko
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 15, 2014, 08:16:05 AM
I took my first photography class last night....yeah...I know...nothing to do with de-cluttering but something I've always wanted to do, so I didn't get anything done last night!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 15, 2014, 12:44:00 PM
I took my first photography class last night....yeah...I know...nothing to do with de-cluttering but something I've always wanted to do, so I didn't get anything done last night!

Velcro - life is NOT all about work - we've got to have some "play time" too!   :D  Good for you!  Enjoy!

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 15, 2014, 01:10:28 PM
Today, I've been sorting through some of the accumulated mail and junk that comes in the mail and throwing a bunch of it out, and making piles (sigh, I always have piles) of the bills, information, etc., that I want to keep, plus the pile of things to shred.

I also had to hunt down our 2012 tax papers as we need to submit some info for sons college stuff.  Thankfully, it didn't take too long to find it.  In years past, I could go right to it, but I have so many years tax returns in this one spot that it was full, so, unfortunately, the last three years have been randomly put here and there.  I checked "there", it wasn't there . . . checked another "there", nope not there either.  Hmmmm, where is it?  Thankfully, the third place I looked I found them.   :)

Another part of "juggling life" is passing the torch on to someone else.  In years past, I have made out sheets of paper showing the different job responsibilities each of the family members does.  Husbands has three, maybe four items listed.  Son has three, maybe four items listed.  Mom's list has 15 items.  Hmmmm, something just doesn't seem fair!

So, with these college forms due NOW - I turned the reigns over to hubby.  I told him last night, "I can't add one more thing to my list - the college forms, etc., are up to you & son to get done and submitted."  Since I rounded up the tax papers, ACT score, and State Scholar letter with ID - the rest is up to them.  Sigh!  (I just hope they get it right!!)   ;)

There comes a point where you just have to say . . . "hey, I can't do it all!".  Although, I guess I have conditioned them to think that, because I HAVE always done it all.

I don't want to have to spend any "free" time I might have always working around the house, running errands, calling here and calling there, etc.  Some times I just want to "chill" and do nothing.  I've been very busy with "life" the last seven months and it's only going to get busier this year and I need to pass the baton onto other people.

Okay, enough about that . . . gonna get out a banker box and start making file folders for some "piles" and get them off the table.  Yay!!

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 16, 2014, 05:46:59 AM
Mrs BUcky

You inspired me! On my non work day yesterday I shredded two bins full of old pay slips. Then I recycled all my mum's old newspapers.

Mum is still not well: a shadow has been found on her lung and she is having some heart problems. I'm co-ordinating siblings to call in on her on a rota basis, and doing what I can.  My achievement yesterday was helping her to bathe.

Onwards and upwards.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 16, 2014, 06:48:22 AM
Katy that's a great achievement! :)

Bucky, in my house, hubs is in charge of all the filing of bills and such.  We both work very well together in "sharing" responsibilities but I told him since I do paperwork all day long at work, there was no way I was coming home and doing it to!

I'm being a slacker this week but I truly do have a good reason.  I decided to surprise hubby for valentine's day with a pin up/boudoir photo book.  I have a friend who is a photographer and was doing them this weekend.  It's been on my bucket list and something to do before I get much older.  I have been running around during my lunch breaks and after work trying to gather up outfits and everything that I need to do this for him.  I didn't realize how much stuff I needed!  And then I've been going home and practicing hair styles and makeup before he gets home!  But I'll get back on track next week.

P.S.  I did throw out a bunch of my old makeup while I was doing this....so I guess that counts?
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 16, 2014, 12:57:06 PM
Velcro

That sounds really exciting - and very daring ;)

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 16, 2014, 08:01:19 PM
genko_b - I'm sure you were one busy beaver tending to your yard.  Your beautiful landscape and flowers show from all the TLC they receive from you.

Cardboard boxes seem to multiply like rabbits, don't they?   ;)  I've got some knocked down sitting in the garage awaiting a trip to town (along with the newspapers) to the recycle bins.

Kathyx - I'm sorry your mum isn't feeling well.  I know from experience how it feels to be worrying about a sick parent, tending to your ill parent as best you can while trying to work, taking care of family, home, etc.

I'm sure your mum appreciates all you do for her.

I decided to surprise hubby for valentine's day with a pin up/boudoir photo book.

Oh, va-va-voom . . . . I think your husband will be pleasantly surprised and happy with his Valentine's gift!   ;)

One time, years ago, they had this place in the mall called Glamour Shots where they did your make-up, hair, and you picked these clothes and accessories for photo shoots.  My niece wanted to go, but didn't want to go alone, so she asked me to go along, her treat.  It was fun!  I had one of the pictures blown up and gave to my husband as a surprise for Christmas (he didn't know I had gone to this and it was given to him at a family Christmas)  His mouth dropped to the floor when he opened this picture of me in an off-the-shoulder top w/pearls and a mink stole, complete with long black gloves and my "glamour shot".


I did throw out a bunch of my old makeup while I was doing this....so I guess that counts?

Absolutely!!  I threw some out the other day too!

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 17, 2014, 07:46:15 AM
I remember those Bucky!  We had them around here too.  I never did one of those but I remember seeing them and they were really good.

Well this one started off as I was just going to do the pin up shots, in a 40's to 50's type dress.  My hubs loves the old style classy pin ups so I thought that would be cool and that's about as daring as I could get.  She has now talked me into doing that plus some boudoir type shots as well.  I'm really not that daring Katy normally but she assured me we could do them, but still keep them classy.  I didn't want "porno" type shots.  I promise I wouldn't even be considering it if this wasn't a friend doing it and she hadn't been working on me for a week! Ha ha. 
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 17, 2014, 03:16:07 PM
Today's been a good day!   :D

I loaded up six bags of newspapers, a bunch of cardboard, and a stack of phone books and dropped them off at the recycle bins in town.  Yay . . . that's done!  Now, all I have to do is finish the small pile of newspapers still left in the dining room and the pile by the couch in the living room and then I am all caught up on the newspaper clutter.  My plan is to "get 'er done" this weekend!

What thrilled me even more than getting that clutter out of the house was when I asked my son if he wanted to go to lunch with me today at Logan's Roadhouse, my treat, and he said YES!!  Wow, I couldn't believe it!!  Being a "typical" teenager, lots of times he's too busy to do stuff with mom and dad.  It brightened my day to have lunch with him and to have a chance to talk about things one-on-one with no cell phone interruptions, etc. 

I'll take these kind of days ANY day.   :D

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on January 18, 2014, 01:23:07 AM
Well, I have got some clutter together Friday, and yes I am still up and it's now Saturday.
I did some sweeping up of accumulated paper mostly clutter on the floor, and took a box that my husband had stuff in that hasn't been used in I don't know how long, and went through it.

 I put his stuff for the moment in two of my boots. hehe.. Well, I didn't have much energy and they were sitting there. So this way, I got up some papers, trash, and got it put in the box that had been sitting there a long time. It is now in the garbage.

I have been also going through some of my accumulated fabric scraps, and putting them into a big Christmas tin box that my sister brought us at Christmas time filled with popcorn. Great having the huge tin for another organizing thing.

I got a load of laundry done. We took a dog left at our doorstep to die to get her spayed on Thursday. She is a full blooded black lab. We have fed her, wormed her, and also her rabies shot. She is a sweet loving big old dog. She sure eats a lot. She is now added to the brood of dogs we have.

I have been taking care of her for a couple of days now to make sure she heals well.

I plan to go later today to see my dad. He just got a little part chihuahua. Dang, I can't spell that word. hehe. Ok, spell check I think got it. The big thing is dad is keeping it in the house, even though he told us all he will never have one in the house. It is a great thing for him to have since mom died. He will have a little puppy to take care of.

All of you are doing great things. We ail will get some things done, and they can be done a bit here and a bit there as we can.

We can can can do it!

susanep
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 18, 2014, 12:43:28 PM
Susan

That dear old do had sure found herself/himself a very caring home. How many dogs do you have now?

Mum sounded chirpier when I spoke to her today. I'm hoping to take her to mass in the morning, and then out to my son's for lunch. Fingers crossed.

Velcro, your pictures sound very nice. I'm sure your hubby will be delighted with them.

Mrs Bucky - 6 bags of papers? Well done you! And lunch with your son, that certainly is the icing on the cake. We've had dinner with our eldest boy, his wife and two kids tonight. I just love seeing them, although at 5 and 8 they think they are too old for grandma kisses :'(

I'm going to attempt to empty some drawers tomorrow.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on January 18, 2014, 08:17:47 PM
We had just the score of "The Night is Young (And You're So Beautiful)" for swing band. I just finished using some software to transfer every single note, dynamic indicator, rehearsal letter, first and second ending, accent, and breath mark for every single part (five saxes, four trumpets, tuba, string bass, drums, piano and guitar)!

That was the easy part. The hard part was the proofreading. I always said that would be my nightmare job, and here I am doing it!

But I'm done now. Just going to print out a whole bunch of sets.

I don't know how long I've taken, but we worked on it from before Christmas. Turning it in tomorrow! And we had better play it for the Potentate's Ball in April! Or else!

Sharon

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on January 20, 2014, 02:53:11 AM
All of you are doing great things. Kathy we have 5 doggies now. Smallest is a part Yorkie, very courageous like a lion, up to the big ole baby we took in at our doorstep, a black lab who is truly a gentle giant.

This black lab (Bella) not only was left to die, but she literally adopted us. When she was first here, she left a bit to go roam I guess, and this man called us, and told us she was at his house. Hubby told him what happened, and he wanted her.

 She hadn't been here long, and we knew he was a good person who would take good care of her, so hubby said he would give her to him, because we have 4 other dogs. Didn't do any good. She visited him, but came back here. lol...

Ok, I recovered my Yorkie (Bonnie's) crate pad, and yesterday made her a little girly red striped pillow. Her crate is all cleaned out too. I think I will move in it. lol...

Hubby put up a few more things, and I finished going through my fabric scraps to put up.

Today, I am going to do my best to load up a few boxes of more un-needed things, to put out in trash. This will be so nice.

Keep up the great things everyone.

We can do it, we can do it. A bit here, a bit there. Some bit out of the house today, was in it yesterday. Some new thing you did today, you have been wanting too, is no longer just wanting to.

We can do it, we can do it!

Hugs, All
susanep :)



Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on January 20, 2014, 09:35:04 AM

I finally got to a Tax Agent regarding Estate issues.
It is complex and there are docs. missing, but, now at least I actually 'know' exactly which ones.
It has been a blurr of masses of white papers...which I look forward to shedding one day and using for mulch...really.

Right around Dec. 16th or so I headed into a flare vortex that lasted about a month.

So will post questions for advice in a few days regarding that, as I would like to tap into the new GP I have in a productive manner.
I thought it was going to be another another 2-3 day flare...but, it took off.
So just back up these last days since Thurs. (So about a month..geesh)
Now a month of catch up to do. And the realtor is calling to list Mothers' house in March.

Going to get ready now for a car ride...get out of the house. I hope.

Best to all.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 20, 2014, 01:01:27 PM
QD - Well done on your white paper sorting. You've done amazing, considering your health over the last month or so. 

Susan - those fur babies certainly know where they are well off, don't they? How did the adopter react when the doggie came back to you? We are hoping for a little dog when we move house. We live in Yorkshire, so a Yorkie might be an option. Does your little fellow make a lot of noise. If we move nto an apartment we can take a dog, as long as it doesn't make a lot of noise.

Well, I never got my drawers cleared out this weekend. I chilled, and visited my son and grandchildren instead. I'll see what I can do this week.
 
I've got a challenging day tomorrow, apologising to my boss for agreeing to help her with interviews, and now I've discovered I'm on leave the days concerned :-[ and having a proctogram in the afternoon - even more embarrassing.

Kathyx

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carolina on January 20, 2014, 01:24:18 PM
Ok, I always read this group as the "Juggling CLUB LIFE"....and I wonder who is going to the clubs, and what they are like?

Is there Karaoke?   

I never turn over new leaves, or make resolutions, or Juggle Life.  I let the pieces fall where they may.

Oh that's not quite true.  I like things to be organized in a way that is logical. 

Like the cups and coffee should be in the cupboard above the coffee maker.  The Peanut butter should be above the toaster. I'm always shocked when someone has a coffee maker on one counter and the cups in a cupboard across the room!

That sort of thing.  So most of my drawers are pretty well organized.  Those are MY DRAWERS.  There are a lot of drawers and boxes in our house, and an entire workshop and garage that are not part of my domain.

They are my husband's.  His workshop is messy (sawdust and stuff) and full of the most amazing c**p.  Everything I've ever tried to throw away or give to Goodwill (like artificial flowers and vases and bought to 'decorate' a house we were trying to sell, and all the c88p his students have given him over the years, and and and) winds up in his workshop!

And the boxes and drawers are full of random stuff and he never opens them, EVER.  But he's attached to stuff.  It's a family thing...genetic I think.  Not quite at the hoarding level, but surely valuing things for what they meant to him once, and not for their usefulness at this point.

I also like to make lists, and make sure that I buy another of whatever before the one we use runs out.  And of course there's a back up one that goes out next.  In other words there's usually two of everything, like laundry soap, or paper towel supplies, or dishwasher detergent.

It seems that cleaning house is mainly moving things from one place to another, endlessly.

Is it that way for everyone else?   

I love my lists, and some things are on the list forever:  Like clean out the cars.  I don't think the cars get cleaned out more than once a year if that!   I try to take stuff with me when I leave each time, so that helps.  But dust and dirt do accumulate.

When I was more agile (my osteoarthritis and my peripheral neuropathy really limit me now) I would love to clean out the cars.  I like cleaning the interior.

Our son moved out after living here for 6 months, with his 3 kids here a great deal of the time.  I still have to reorganize my own stuff back into the rooms.  And decide what we want to do with the rooms.  One is a spare bedroom, and the other is our office, and also had a double bed in it, and then bunk beds.

Now it has lots of space.  I hate the carpet, and want to take it up and have laminate hardwood floor laid.  But of course, I don't do that, my husband does.  And right  now he's remodeling the kitchen.

That produced the most amazing amount of dust, taking up the old tile, especially. 

I always wish my house were spotless at all times, not for other people, but because it rather calms me to have things orderly and clean.

But of course, I've given up on that long ago.  I'll just settle for some idea of organization.

But I really was hoping to hear about CLUB LIFE. 

Hugs,  Elaine

Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 21, 2014, 09:25:42 PM
Is there Karaoke?   

It seems that cleaning house is mainly moving things from one place to another, endlessly.

Is it that way for everyone else?   

But I really was hoping to hear about CLUB LIFE.

Carolina - yes, there CAN be karaoke if you would like to sing along as you are making your lists and keeping your house all organized.   ;)

Oh, yes - endlessly moving things from one place to another.  I'm really good at that!   :D

CLUB LIFE - well, I can tell you about club life, but I'm sure it's not the same club life you are referring to.  You see, I work at a golf course/restaurant/banquet venue - so we have lots of CLUBS there - although, all of them are in hibernation right now for the winter.  The golfers are all anxious to get back out on the greens with their clubs!

I'm quite proud that within the last three days I have lost 37 pounds!  Yes, I said 37 pounds.  I wish it could have been 37 pounds of body weight, but it was 37 pounds of newspapers and magazines that are heading to the recycle bins in town.  (yes, I got the scale out and weighed the bags . . must have been because I was watching The Biggest Loser at the same time . . LOL)

I finally tackled that pile of newspapers sitting on the floor over by the couch.  I'm embarrassed to say that some of the newspapers were dated 2012!  ???  It's in a corner, out of the way, and a nice place to "move" papers to when I need to vacuum the living room floor.

I've also tried to sort the mail as it comes in each day and throw out the junk stuff right then and there and not pile it on the kitchen counter.  I love having a cleaner counter.   :D

Everyone is doing a great job with all your little projects.  There will be days (or weeks or longer) where we aren't able to work on anything and that's okay -  work on it when you can.

I got a phone call this afternoon that the furnace man is coming tomorrow to check on our new furnace they installed in October to make sure everything is running like it should be.  I'm going to have to straighten some things up before he gets here . . . hmmm, should I bag/box and hide stuff in the car??  ha ha . . . nah, not this time.  I figure, Mr., I am not here to entertain you - if you can walk in the door and down to the basement without falling and breaking your neck on my "stuff" - then we're good to go!!  LOL

For those of you in "snow country" - hope things aren't too bad for you.  Stay warm!

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 22, 2014, 05:59:26 AM
CLUB LIFE - well, I can tell you about club life, but I'm sure it's not the same club life you are referring to.  You see, I work at a golf course/restaurant/banquet venue - so we have lots of CLUBS there - although, all of them are in hibernation right now for the winter.  The golfers are all anxious to get back out on the greens with their clubs!

Well then you will be especially proud to know that my Scleroderma Support group is hosting their first annual golf tournament to benefit Scleroderma research in May!  After asking if there will be windmills and dinosaurs involved, they wrote me down to drive a beverage cart.........
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on January 22, 2014, 07:47:21 AM

Well then you will be especially proud to know that my Scleroderma Support group is hosting their first annual golf tournament to benefit Scleroderma research in May!  After asking if there will be windmills and dinosaurs involved, they wrote me down to drive a beverage cart.........
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Thanks for the great laugh! Have fun.
Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 22, 2014, 08:11:00 AM
they wrote me down to drive a beverage cart.........

Good luck with your golf outing!  I would guess around April that things will start picking up for us and then we're busy until snow flies again come Nov. - Dec.

Have fun driving the beverage cart!  We have two beverage carts and a whole slew of young ladies to drive them.  I always thought it would be fun to drive them, but have never ventured out there to give it a whirl.  Besides, the men golfers want to see those young gals with lots of leg showing while they're golfing.   ;)  I'm content staying inside in the air conditioning handling all the money.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on January 22, 2014, 11:40:16 PM
Kathyx our little Yorkie is not too noisy. I just love the Yorkie. She is my little baby, and shadow.

Well, I didn't get more boxes out of the house yesterday as I hoped, but instead colored my hair. That took a lot of energy so I had to choose one. lol... I did do some more laundry. I have been throwing more papers away that have just been laying around the house.

I go later today to the pulmonologist for my second appointment so I will get out of the house, and some time away even though it will be very cold here, but that is ok too.

Today will be a good day to get this done, and have some time away from all the doggies. lol... My little Yorkie baby though hates it when I am gone.

susanep :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 23, 2014, 01:02:31 PM
Bless you. I bet the little Yorkie misses you when you are gone. We had a small wire haired mongrel type terrier. He was called Jaffa, and I swear he was a little man in a fur coat. He went to the rainbow bridge about three years ago, and we still miss him. Hubby retires next year and that's when we hope to rescue another doggie, but it depends on where we are living at the time as to what size/type we get.

Good luck with your appointment.

Kathyx

Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 24, 2014, 08:26:29 AM
I managed to go through my TV cabinet last night, while I sat and watched a movie.  It was a mess.  I love movies and have tons of DVDs under there, plus we have a little karaoke machine so we've accumulated lots of those CDs too.  I also had stuffed camera gadgets, cords and miscellaneous stuff (like paper manuals to things) under there.  So I went through it last night and organized it better and removed things that shouldn't have been in there in the first place.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carolina on January 24, 2014, 08:52:56 AM
Yay Velcro,

Doesn't it make you feel good.

It will have to be done again, one day.

But for now it is 'calming' to know that TV cabinet is orderly.

Hugs,  Elaine
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 24, 2014, 12:44:57 PM
My achievement today is rather small, but I'm pleased with it - I sorted out a small drawer in my bedroom and liberated 17 assorted pens.  I wonder why it is though that any time I need one, I can't find one that works?

Anyone need a pen (or two)?

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on January 24, 2014, 01:08:52 PM
Good job, Velcro - could you come over and organize my two end tables, please?  I'd really like to get new ones, but these ones have a lot of "storage" underneath.  I love my storage spaces!

Ah, Kathyx - the endless supply of various pens that we pick up along the way.  I have a pencil cup here at my desk at home and as I'm looking at it right now, I only use 6 of the 17 writing instruments in it.  ::)  Plus, there's more in several drawers and places throughout the house.  I'm always disappointed when my "favorite" pen runs out of ink and I have to throw it away and break in another one.  LOL

That's one thing I've found - there are SO many areas in my house that need to be gone through and items sorted out and downsized - that if I attempted to tackle it all at once, it would overwhelm me and I'd just quit.  However, if we tackle a little at a time and keep plugging along, eventually, we'll get it all done.  After all, it didn't get this way overnight, it won't be fixed overnight either.

Today's been a lazy, don't want to do anything kind of day for me.  One of the outdoor cats is still inside the house (since it's been really, really cold the last few days) - and she is getting her long fur all over everything.   :(  Plus, she's making me feel so stuffed up, sore throat and itchy eyes.  I'm trying to coax her back outside as it has warmed up, but she is hiding under my desk right now and not budging!  Plus, any time I sit down to do something, she thinks that's her cue to jump up on me and literally, get in my face.  Why she thinks she has to sit on my chest and be right up to my face, I'll never know - except, I do know she loves me.  Awwww, ain't that cute?!  Achoo-oooo, sorry kitty, you cause my allergies to act up.

I did grab a stack of coupon fliers that come in the Sunday newspaper and cut out the coupons I wanted (now, if I just put them in my purse to USE them instead of leaving them on the table), and then I put the un-wanted papers in the bags for recycle.  Not a totally wasted day, I guess.   ;)

Velcro - how did your picture session turn out?? 

Have a good weekend everyone!   :D

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on January 24, 2014, 01:12:22 PM
I keep my coupons in an index card box under categories. We also put restaurant coupons in each car in case we are out and about and hungry. When I am driving my husband will cull the expired ones.

I cleaned out the drawer under the TV once. Threw out manuals two TVs and VCRs ago.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 24, 2014, 01:39:57 PM
The picture session ended up being a lot of fun, once I got over my nervousness.  I'm not 100% on the pictures yet, as she said it would be a couple of weeks so she can do her Photoshop magic and edits then she'll give me the entire disk.  I will say that I was absolutely exhausted by the time it was over.  Between standing for 3-4 hours doing hair and makeup and then bending, stretching, arching.....blah blah for the pictures, I now know how yoga must be very good for you.  My back was actually bugging me by the time we were done.

As far as photoshop goes, most people look at pictures and go, "Bah...that was photoshopped!"  Me? I'll all, "You just photoshop your little hiney off!"  :)  She did show me the replay on the camera a few times, so I did get to see how some of them were looking.  A couple I saw I really liked.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on January 26, 2014, 01:49:34 PM
It sounds wonderful Velcro. I can't wait to hear what your hubby says about them.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on January 26, 2014, 10:03:04 PM
Well rescheduled my pulmonologist appointment until a bit later. I got a good deal of sewing on a unfinished project done today.

We had a dog show up today that we weren't sure if we would see her again, so I have been doing big dog duty today, and nurse to the Yorkie that's sick. Suppose to get her meds in the morning. Saturday we were suppose to, but the roads were so slick we had to come back. Now it suppose to start again tomorrow, so hoping we make it this time.

I looked back and realized how many times I used the words - suppose to - lol..

I did manage to eat healthy today. That began after checking my sugar numbers. lol..

For exercise which I don't get much of, I took the big dog out in the dark for her potty walk. I think that is why God sent her to us. She led me.

Good things all of you are doing. I have a can type thing that is almost empty, and plan to use it to put some pens in.

susanep
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 27, 2014, 07:34:41 AM
Well dang!  Instead of clearing more "stuff" out over the weekend, we brought more in!  Ha ha.  We decided to go look around in a couple of our favorite stores Saturday and eat lunch.  We didn't need absolutely anything....so we bought a ton!  Why is it when you are looking for things, you can't find them but when you aren't looking for anything, you find EVERYTHING!

We actually got some really good bargains.  I've been taking a photography class and there is a starter "studio" set on Amazon for 159.00 that includes the backdrop holder, 3 backdrops, 3 light stands, 3 lights, reflector umbrellas and a few other miscellaneous items.  We found it on sale, then 50% off for 47.00!  Couldn't resist.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carolina on January 27, 2014, 07:57:08 AM
You're so right Velcro!

Everything just jumps out at me, and if it's on sale.....I'm a goner.

There's a very very fancy store near us that sells high end gourmet cooking things.  The displays and the lighting are beautiful.  The things are beautiful.

Everything calls out to me.  And I have to remember that not only have I ALREADY bought one of what ever it is, but I've also already GOTTEN RID OF IT. (we've moved 4 times in 4 years).

Like say, a special container to bake garlic in the oven!   OR, lovely (fill in the blank).

I stopped cooking fancy stuff YEARS ago.  Been there done that, got the t-shirt.  Now I just grill, microwave and eat very simply. 

And yet, I wanted a ton of stuff at this fancy store.  Thank goodness it wasn't ON SALE!

And Christmas decorations, the day after Christmas, or two or three days later when great stuff is 80% off.

I have sisters-in-law who literally have a set of dishes for every holiday, including St. Patrick's Day. 

I resist.  I resist.  And now, and this is a bonus I just thought of, I can't walk very well, so I don't go from store to store looking for bargains.

And still we have way too much stuff.

This never will have a one time solution.  It is an ongoing issue.

My son made it clear, however, if YOU don't get rid of it, Mom, when the time comes, I will. 

And he will.  He once had a yard sale and sold his old boxer shorts!  Honest.

Hugs, Elaine

Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 27, 2014, 08:00:25 AM
Ha ha!  We have this one store near us that I love, but I avoid like the plague because I will buy stuff.  That's actually one of them we went to and where we found the deals.  We had not been in months...now I remember why!

It's a store where they get the last stock or returns from major department stores.  Returns where there is nothing wrong, they just can't resell it.  So things from Macy's, New York Stores, etc. and even things from Sears, Target....

You really can get some good deals on high dollar items.  But like you said, it's only a good deal if you need it!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on January 28, 2014, 01:12:39 AM
Well today we went and got our Yorkie's medication. She can get better now. I took the big dog out for a walk. That might not sound like a big deal, but a almost 70 pound dog pulling me to where she wants to go potty is a big deal to me. lol..

I took a nap after we got back from the vets, and then went down to my dads, and I washed all his dishes and washed the counter tops, and stove top. He has a lot of people who come during the week for his physical therapy etc.

I have been eating healthy today.

susanep :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on January 28, 2014, 05:29:01 AM
Great job!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on February 01, 2014, 12:33:22 AM
Well I have not got too much done in the past few days for various reasons. I am still very encouraged with all of this though. I am excited about it even when I have those times when it didn't happen that day. I consider that a way of good organizing of my mind. ;D

susanep :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on February 02, 2014, 01:09:19 PM
Susan

You are in good company - I haven't got anything done recently either. And I don't think I'm going to achieve much this week, as I have to take mum for a cataract operation one day, and then I have work projects that are going to take my time and energy.

Hopefully, I'll have more to report in a few days time.

How's everyone else doing?

Kathyx

Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on February 03, 2014, 01:30:06 PM
I can't say I did anything this weekend to de-clutter what I already had!  I did get my pictures back and spent many hours designing and organizing a book online so I could get it ordered to be back by Valentine's day.

And I spent several hours car shopping.  It was a necessity as hubs car engine seized up Friday, so we had to go and find another vehicle.  He's taking my old car (as his was only used for work back and forth) and I got a new one.  :)

So I was super busy this weekend!  I am going to go through my jewelry box this week.  That's my goal.  It's overflowing with stuff and not organized at all.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 03, 2014, 09:28:07 PM
Velcro, the problem with jewelry is that it multiplies. I have eight boxes now, and sorted them into all kinds of categories. Natural (glass, stone), by colors, pins vs necklaces vs the few earrings I have, and a few bracelets.

Don't just start tossing old jewelry. A lot of that old costume jewelry is worth a lot of money. I have a few pins that were my grandmother's that are probably a century old now.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on February 04, 2014, 06:39:26 AM
Thanks Sharon. I have one of those floor models and four boxes as well.  I have several pieces from my Mother and Grandmother too.  I also have macaroni necklaces and ribbons with beads on them, from the kids years ago and tons of things like cheap holiday pins and necklaces that I need to go through. 

Hi, my name is Angela and I'm a jewelry hoarder.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on February 04, 2014, 10:58:35 AM
Ok, I just saw a neat way to go through your closet on another site (it will not let me link so I'll paraphrase).

You turn all the hangers in your closet backwards.  When you wear something, you hang it back up the right way.  After six months, anything in that current season that is still backwards, you haven't worn and you donate or get rid of.  Do it again for six more months for the next season's clothes and in a year, you've purged your clothes down to things you have actually worn.

I think I shall try this!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on February 04, 2014, 12:11:14 PM
Ohhhh, I love to look through jewelry.  I have a bunch of my grandma's and mother's costume jewelry too.

Plus, if you have any broken necklaces, bracelets, chains, etc. that are gold you can take them to jewelers and get money for them as scrap.  I did that once and walked out with a check for $115!  Same thing with any 925 silver.

I've got some bolo ties that were a family friends that I would love to find a buyer for - several of them have pieces of turquoise on them.  I know you can do Ebay - but, I've never sold anything on there, just bought things.  Now granted, nobody I know wears bolo ties, except maybe some cowboys or older gentlemen (which was the owner of these).  I just don't want to put them in a garage sale and sell them for $1, when I know the silver tips and turquoise and other stones on them are worth more.

I'm afraid if I did the reverse hanger method I wouldn't have anything left in my closet.  I admit, I wear the same few pieces over and over and over.  Some clothes you have for certain occasions, and unfortunately, those special occasions are few and far between.  But . . . when you need them, you have them.  :D

I sit here on my day off and "think" about the things I should / need to be doing and then don't do anything!  When the family is gone to school and work I just enjoy the quiet, alone time and don't always want to be working on something.  By the time I do housework, laundry, grocery shopping, bill paying, banking, and dinner, I've done enough.

I mentioned earlier in our club about our son's upcoming high school graduation and wanting to replace some flooring.  With all the snow and cold weather we had in January, I never got the opportunity to go check out some companies to see what's available, price, etc.  This week, on my days off work, we're expecting more snow - so again, I won't be able to go anywhere to check on things.   :(  I want to go "look" at things first by myself, then take hubby along.

Mr. Groundhog . . . . people around here are not too happy with you!!!

43 days till Spring!!  Yay!!

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 04, 2014, 12:40:59 PM
Ok, I just saw a neat way to go through your closet on another site (it will not let me link so I'll paraphrase).

You turn all the hangers in your closet backwards.  When you wear something, you hang it back up the right way.  After six months, anything in that current season that is still backwards, you haven't worn and you donate or get rid of.  Do it again for six more months for the next season's clothes and in a year, you've purged your clothes down to things you have actually worn.

I think I shall try this!

This doesn't work if your weight goes up and down, though. Also, I have some years when I wear a lot of this, and the next year that I wear a lot of that, depending on the colors that I have that go together.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 04, 2014, 12:43:31 PM
Thanks Sharon. I have one of those floor models and four boxes as well.  I have several pieces from my Mother and Grandmother too.  I also have macaroni necklaces and ribbons with beads on them, from the kids years ago and tons of things like cheap holiday pins and necklaces that I need to go through. 

Hi, my name is Angela and I'm a jewelry hoarder.

Hi, Angela. I'm a jewelry hoarder, too. I love cheap holiday pins -- lose them, and you don't cry! Luckily, none of my kids made anything for me, probably since they lack opposable thumbs. And are very fuzzy.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 04, 2014, 12:45:45 PM
Try Etsy for selling the bolas. Also, they are worn a lot more in the South West, and posting them with pictures in the Craigslists down there.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 04, 2014, 10:12:06 PM
I finished my calculations for 2013 taxes! Last year I finished the 2011 and 2012 taxes in October. 2013. Ouch! No problems, though, since we certainly didn't owe any! I also finally got some health insurance arranged despite the best efforts of the Colorado Medicaid bureaucracy.

Next: making some jewelry to sell at the Love is In The Air vendor event on Sunday.

Oh, and I got my sewing machine excavated! I need to sew some hems for the display for Sunday.

And it is so bloody cold out that tomorrow I can cook ham and split pea soup and scalloped potatoes while working on the jewelry. Because we are NOT leaving the house. Except for the dogs, and they don't waste any time!

Sharon

Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on February 05, 2014, 09:39:34 AM
Ooooh.  What kind of jewelry do you make?
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 05, 2014, 11:35:18 AM
I take polished stones and add a cap to the top to turn them into pendants. I need to see if I can find some small enough that match to make earrings, since I hear that a lot of people like them.  ;D (I don't have pierced ears, and don't like the pain of the clip ons. Besides, I am  hard-wired now to not advertise my ears because of the huge hearing aids I wore as a kid.

However, recently I did wear some clip-ons and they didn't hurt, so I am going to wear them more, assuming that it ever warms up enough that I can go outside and still breathe. We are supposed to have a German Band gig in Colorado Springs tonight. Since we haven't got a car equipped with ice skate blades, they aren't leaving the driveway!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on February 05, 2014, 12:33:38 PM
Those sound very pretty.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on February 05, 2014, 12:45:33 PM
 Haven't done much. I did get a load of laundry done. I want to do some sewing today for a swap I am involved in. I am always slow, but it is also something I look forward to, and a stress reliever.

susanep :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on February 12, 2014, 09:46:01 AM
I've been doing some legwork to determine what we're going to use for flooring in the kitchen / dining room.  The present flooring has been there 23 yrs., and it's looking it's age.  (aren't we all??  ;) )

There are just SOOOO many choices - it's overwhelming.

I want something that is durable, but something that won't cost us an arm and a leg.

Do any of you have any suggestions of flooring that you like or have yourself?

We've also been looking at a new reclining couch.  The one we have now is probably nine years old and my husband has just worn out the 1/3 of it where he sits 365 days of the year.  Plus, the biggest pitfall is it's getting very hard for him to put the reclining part down as you have to use leg power to do that.  When you need to get up quickly to make a bathroom run, pushing with your legs is not a good thing.   ;)

Growing up, there was no such thing as a reclining couch or loveseat.  Everything was stationary.  I guess everyone now a days likes to put their feet up.

Anyhow, we tried a power reclining couch . . . . ahhhh, that was heaven!  I didn't think I would get hubby to leave the showroom!!  LOL  The matching swivel recliner chair was another piece of heaven. 

When we go to purchase something, I usually do the talking and hubby is just along with the credit card.   :)  I told hubby - "watch, and learn".  I knew what the listed price of this set was, what the discount price was, what delivery cost was, and what the sales tax was.  However, all that was above our budgeted allowance.  The salesman gives me the total.  We sit there and pause a few moments . . . then I say, "Is there any way you can crunch the numbers and sell it, out-the-door for XYZ (fill in the blank dollar amount)?  The salesman says, "I'll check with my mgr. and be right back."  He comes back and can sell it to us for $6 under the total I asked him for!  HA!  We saved over $200.

On the way home, hubby just shakes his head.   ;D

WHENEVER you are making a big ticket purchase . . . prices aren't set in stone . . . haggle the price as the company has wiggle room in their final prices.  I've done this many, many times from car purchases, appliances, home furnishings, etc.

We will donate our current living room furniture to a family that lost everything from the tornado back in November.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 12, 2014, 11:43:28 AM
Furniture, especially, has a very high mark-up. Good job! 

We wanted to get some recliners, but the dogs vetoed it. We have a couch that is a dual recliner, and we got it for free from Craigslist's "free" section. Also a recliner for me.

In some places, you need to be careful -- bedbugs.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on February 12, 2014, 12:04:59 PM
Bucky

Sounds like you got a brilliant bargain with your furniture. I love your description of having some 'wiggle' margin.

I love a bargain too, and always try to get the best deal, much to my boys' embarrassment. Many times I've come home with a free extra, after trying to get a price reduced. For example, when buying a new fridge/freezer, I bagged a new electric kettle free of charge. When buying two reclining sofas, I got the chair free. Bargain!

Wish I could come with you to your garage sales though - they sound really exciting.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 12, 2014, 03:07:17 PM
I LOVE garage saleing. Let's go! Otherwise, I am so lethargic today it is pathetic. Maybe because of all my activity last week getting ready for a vendor event at which I sold almost nothing. I am still exhausted.

Sigh.
Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on February 12, 2014, 04:58:05 PM
Kathyx - wow, I WISH they would have thrown in the chair for free!  Good for you!

I've always told our son, "ask!", the worst they can say is "no".

I wish you could go garage saling with me too . . that would be fun.  Unfortunately, this coming garage sale season I think is going to be slim pickings as a vast majority of the homes where I have gone to garage sales in the past are totally devastated by the tornado that came through in November.  A lot of the homes are no longer there - gone in the tornado.   :(

I usually have two garage sales a year myself.  Last year, I didn't have any.  As I get older, I dread all the work involved with pricing items, cleaning out the garage, setting everything up, sitting out there for a 2-3 day sale and then cleaning everything up and taking everything down afterward.  It's a LOT of work.

Sharon - is there anything in particular you look for when you hit the garage sale trail?  I like to find things for the house - vases, pictures, decorations, tables, stands, jewelry, CD's, etc.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 12, 2014, 06:44:17 PM
I see garage sales as reverse scavenger hunts. In a scavenger hunt, you are looking for specific things. With garage sales, you know what you want when you see it. In my case, I often see things that would be great gifts for people, and sometimes things that I can sell for a profit.

But I have too much junk and have been really restricting shopping until I get rid of a bunch of stuff.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carebear on February 15, 2014, 10:58:10 PM
While it doesn't sound glamourous, I was able to clear out my "personal" drawers this week.  You know - socks, undies, bras, pjs.  All cleaned out and organized.  And I even bought new panties and bras!  Good stuff!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on February 16, 2014, 02:14:47 AM

I have been working on reams and assortments of what I call a "mass of white"

Different papers from my mothers estate.

Separated into sections on the dining room table. Others (dedicated sections) on the dining room floor. Color folders for things I need to work on currently. It is complicated.
5 different bank statements from Mom alone. Sort highlight account/date then file.
1 dedicated estate bank account.  ETC, The exhibit the layer sent to the court has tabs Exhibit A-G. All provided by me.

Smaller section: My mail

Even smaller section: My daughters mail

Smallest section: Mail regarding granddaughter.

Tiniest section junk mail for my father who proceeded my mother in passing.

Final look threw and tossed a full large black trash bag of papers junk. Check for personal information again and tear in two before tossing. Done great.

Take sections of the "important separated upstairs to the office. Go to file in portable file box, realize the previous system does not work for me. My system is clearer.
Re-do it. Create "dead files" for medical on Mom, etc.
Make copies of items I need in both financial and legal for estate purposes .. tired of pulling thing out.. finding them/refiling..do again, call/payment log is on manila file.

Shredded three bags of papers. And I need to check, I think I may have killed the shredder.  :(  Using the shredded paper under mulch..lol.

Active, color folders are now right next to monitor of the computer, and more organized.

Just called yesterday about 3 docs I could not find. Learn that I had sent the death certificate, but since they did not receive the certified, raised seal, executor doc, they could not send out the very docs I have been searching for.. glad I called.
This doc was long in coming due to the lose of the original will.. If anyone saw my post about the estate quagmire.

So check with your loved one and notify your designated executor about the location of the "original will". My parents would be very unhappy about what transpired.
But, it did and so it goes. 

Often I would start to work on the "mass of white" .. built by not having a time-out for grief, then extended flares, and my hands would literally shake, stomach issues..stress headache.

The old me would have been on top of this.. the reason I was always chosen as executor. Oh well, it is getting done.

Yeah..my active files are now about 10" deep,in the portable box on chair near the computer.. a lot of progress.

Dear bank manager told me she is dealing with a situation that is in its' 5th year and what I am experiencing is not uncommon.
I wanted to hug her.
I have been at this for 15 months.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on February 17, 2014, 12:18:45 PM
Angela - how did your hubby like his Valentine's book you had made for him?

Carebear - good for you that you got "those" drawers all organized and got to get some new items to put in the drawers too.   :D

quiet - you've gotten a lot accomplished - you should feel good about that.  I know it's difficult to try and put pieces of an estate together when the people who have the answers to the puzzle are no longer here.  We are in that same boat too.  Hang in there.

I've gotten some things accomplished last week too.  I don't have a dresser in my bedroom, so I tend to just pull socks, undies, etc. out of the laundry basket that is sitting on a luggage rack.  I sorted the laundry basket contents, folded and put away the luggage rack, and got two plastic storage totes - one for socks, one for undies.  I rearranged a shelf in the closet and put the totes there.   :)

I am hoping to FINALLY attack the dining room table this week and get that all cleared off.  I've got things to file, things to put away (Christmas related), things to shred and things to pitch out.

There's only 13 wks. until graduation and I've got a lot to do - I've got to get it together or I'll never get all the things I want done, done.

Keep up the good work everyone - a little at a time, we'll get 'er done.   :)

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on February 17, 2014, 12:35:01 PM
Me again -  :D

Last night I sat down and finally balanced the checkbook, which was two months behind.   :-\  Ugh!  On the occasions where I let things "slide" a little, when I get them caught up I tell myself, "I'm not going to get behind again!" . . . and yet, I do.  It is so frustrating!!

But, for today, I'm caught up on the checkbook.   ;D

A couple weeks ago several of us were talking about jewelry boxes on this thread.  Some of you have the jewelry chest that sits on the floor.  (I have one of these.)  Maybe you already do this, but you can purchase jewelry inserts that have various number of spaces for your jewelry that would sit inside your drawer to give you another "layer" of jewelry.

Several years ago there was a store that was closing and they were selling everything.  I bought three jewelry insert trays from their jewelry department display case and they fit perfectly in my jewelry chest.  I'd like to get a few more so I don't have to jumble the earrings up with several of them together.  I've seen them on eBay.  You just have to be careful and measure the height and width of your drawer as some trays are too big to fit (at least in my jewelry chest).

You could also use a plastic divided fishing box, or craft bead sorter box - depending on how much room you do or don't have.  I like the trays that have some flocking in them, or that are leatherette.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: genko_b on February 17, 2014, 01:34:14 PM
Hi Folks:

I've been looking at all you have been doing, and am impressed. I've been traveling a lot, am leaving again on Thursday for ten days, and will be gone again later this spring. That does not leave much time to get caught up in between trips. One of the hardest things to do is to prioritize so that what absolutely needs to get done, gets done, and what can slide until later, I let go of it. Carrying around a list of chores in the head is not helpful - just stresses me out.

I use my planner book a lot to keep track of tasks. When I assign myself a time to do something, I can forget about it until then. If there is any prep I need to do before that task (getting containers or something like that) I schedule that in as well. Breaking things down into pieces really helps.

I'll bet everyone on this site is ready for a change of season!

Take care,

Genko
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on February 18, 2014, 05:48:16 AM
I scored major brownie points :)  He loved it and was totally shocked I had done it.

I haven't managed much the last week.  Worked long hours through the snow and we had plans for Valentine's weekend, so by yesterday, I was exhausted.  Now my Mother's Sister passed away Sunday, so the next two days are going to be fitting in the funeral in between working. 

I did manage to clean out my downstairs little bathroom last week (the cabinet) and put all the dog's stuff under there so I could quit having to run around looking for things all the time.  I was forever trying to find his leash, brush, etc.  Now it's all in one place.  That's about it for me.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on February 18, 2014, 02:00:21 PM
I scored major brownie points :) 

I bet you did!!!   ;)   ;D

I'm sorry to hear about your Aunt's passing. 

Now if you would just train your dog to use the bathroom, you wouldn't have to put his leash in there, he could take care of things on his own.  LOL  He might need a little help with his brush though.   ;)

Everything I read about organizing they all say the same thing . . . have an assigned home for everything.  I start out with good intentions than slack off a bit, then it snowballs, and then I'm digging myself out . . . over, and over, and over again.  I'll just have to chant Dorthy's theme song . . . "there's no place like home, there's no place like home" and make sure everything I have, has a home.  Unfortunately, at the present time, that "home" is the dining room table - it's more like an apartment building with many tenants all camped out together on the table!!   ::)

OK - I'm shutting my computer down and work on the table for a bit.  As the saying goes . . . "I'm going in!".  If I don't post for a couple of days that means I'm lost somewhere in the maze on the dining room table!!  LOL

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 18, 2014, 09:53:31 PM
I hope you don't have to handle your aunt's estate, too! I know the feeling, Bucky. You can get that table done!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on February 19, 2014, 05:45:55 AM
Did you survive or do we need to call in the search dogs?
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on February 19, 2014, 03:29:23 PM
I might as well just confess it now . . no, I didn't get the table finished.  :(  I picked up a few things, looked through them, and put them back down!   ::)  So many other things are pulling me in all directions right now.

I DID get some things accomplished today though (although, not on the table). 

*  Mailed off an estate paper that I had to sign and return.

*  Made our tax app't. for the end of March.

*  Returned a purse to Kohl's and searched for another one (which I found, yay!).  I mentioned this before, but I love, love, love Kohl's return policy.  It doesn't matter how long you've had the item, if you have the receipt or not, they will take it back and either let you even exchange an item, or you get store credit.

*  Called the doctors office to request two copies of some recent tests - one for son, one for me - which I will pick up tomorrow.

*  Made a practice run to find where son & I need to go for his test on Friday. (I had an idea where the place was, just wanted to be sure where we needed to be for the app't.)  (I was already out-and-about, so it was just a matter of driving past this place so I would know where it's at.  It was on my way to other places today.)

*  Went and talked to the salesman at the flooring place.  He sent me home with some samples to show hubby.  The person who does the measuring had already called the house by the time I got home to set up an app't. to come measure the rooms.  Wow, that was fast.  Now, we're playing phone tag to connect with each other.

*  Stopped and got some office supplies for work, plus some groceries for home.

*  Picked up a free coupon (B1G1F - buy one, get one free) to the Spring Home Show this weekend.  I've never gone to one here in IL, I have gone to the one they had in Cleveland, OH when I lived there.  Every possible vendor related to your home/yard, etc. is there which helps - as you don't have to trek all over town seeing each one individually - they are all there in one spot for the weekend.

Whew . . is it nap time yet??   ;)

Oh boy, are we going to have a LOT of work to do to get ready for new flooring.  Everything has to be removed from the rooms.  Yikes!!  There are several heavy pieces and hubby, nor I, can move them.  Of course, the installer will move them . . . for a price.  I'm not sure I'm up to this challenge - but, it's either now, or never.

I don't know how they are going to move the washer & dryer that are on the pedestal stands - those puppies are heavy!!

I'm going to HAVE to resort to stacking "stuff" on some tables in the garage while they lay the floor - I have nowhere to put the stuff.  I'd rather park my car outside for a bit, versus lugging this stuff down the stairs to the basement to "hide" them, I mean, "temporarily" store them.   ;)  (Check back with me next fall and see if I've taken the tables down yet.  LOL)

The sooner we get this all done, the better, as the place that will be doing our flooring will also have a spot at the Home Show this weekend.  So, if we can at least get on the schedule first, before any other people, we'll get 'er done first.  And . . . once spring gets here and the nearby town starts rebuilding from the tornado, that's more people who will need flooring added to the schedule.

The salesman said they can get the floor done in one day, but you have to leave the furniture off it for 24-48 hrs.

If anybody is available to come help - I would be glad to see you.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carebear on February 19, 2014, 05:16:01 PM
I'm ready for your nap, Bucky!  Great job!  You're like a machine.    ;D
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on February 20, 2014, 05:42:52 AM
Whoa!  For someone that didn't get a table cleaned off, you sure did do a bunch of stuff!

I didn't do a darn thing the last couple of days, I'll admit it, except go to the funeral home after work then photography class Tuesday night and the funeral yesterday.  I've been lazy after my whirlwind Valentine weekend.  Hubby took me to a charity Valentines Ball Friday night and we danced and danced.  Then he borrowed a friends 78 Trans Am Saturday and we went to a local park and road around that afternoon.  So I'm still recuperating.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on February 20, 2014, 01:06:33 PM
Sunday we drove to Mothers home met with tenants, contractor and realtor.

Home looks good and tenants even had carpets cleaned.

Painting will be extensive.. has not been painted ..so paint dried out at heat exchanges and flaked. Needs to be spackled. Catherdral ceiling the same and the basement cinder blocks where they were painted (might have son do that.) 

Realtor suggested taking down one wall of covering in kitchen/eating area. That would have to be cleaned and primed as well. (Maybe son again?). Realtor came in a bit higher than my research for listing.

Subtle crash for a few days.

Thursday.
Got painting estimate and it is high. So called a painter today and will have to go back down.
Organize copies/legal docs for errands today. Start Estate Loop.
*Drove to bank with Executor papers (different, closer branch) to get docs.
* Errands
*My Bank
* Tax Agent for Estate. Found out we are missing another doc.
Had her send Fax to retirement account. Had been looking for tax info. Tired to access online. Finally called and learned they do not send out once a person is deceased.  So I have been searching all over for something I never had..  :(  But, did ask if they would fax to tax agent.. YES.   

All part of the new learning curve.
Tax Agent is really good... picked up that bank should have made a distribution to my brother and I .. was not done. She picked up some other things as well. And was on the phone with the bank.  What a relief.

So great I have a reliable tax agent. She is really sharp, clear and to the point.

Who by the way ..  Dr. is monitoring her ANA numbers. Bless her.






Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on February 21, 2014, 11:53:51 AM
My goodness, I go away for a few days, and you all achieve mountains!

I've done nothing, but we have had a few days in the north-east of England, visiting Lindisfarne, and the surrounding area. It was cold, but the sun shone for us, and we didn't get caught in the rain once, so that was our achievement :)

Our home has now been up for sale for three months. It was sparkling clean at the beginning, but we have started to get a bit lazy, so the next few weeks we need to clean windows, wipe paintwork etc. And, as soon as the wind drops, and the land is less boggy, we need to tidy up a bit outside.

We would like to be somewhere smaller (and mortgage free) by the time my hubby retires, which is exactly a year away now. Wish I could retire then, but I have another 9 years before I get my pension :(

Keep up the good work everyone.

KAthyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on February 22, 2014, 10:49:10 PM
Well, I started out pretty good, but a couple of days ago my dad had a heart attack, so I haven't done anything. He is stable now, and Monday or Tuesday they will be putting in a pacemaker.

susanep
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 23, 2014, 09:58:55 AM
Oh, Susan. I'm glad to hear that your Dad is doing ok, and you need to be kind to yourself!

Hugs, Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on February 23, 2014, 01:14:44 PM
Praying for your dad, Susan.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on February 23, 2014, 03:13:10 PM

susanep,

Wishing the best for your Dear Dad.

Hope you get some rest.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on February 23, 2014, 07:31:12 PM
(((Susanep))) - sorry to hear your Dad had a heart attack.  I'm glad he's stable now.  Wishing him well with his pacemaker surgery.

Remember to take some time for yourself too.  I know how it is to be looking after a parent, taking care of your husband & household, etc.  Take a deep breath, and breathe.

Hugs to you,
Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on February 24, 2014, 09:00:36 PM
OK - I'm getting desperate . . . in the morning a man is coming to the house to measure the rooms for our new flooring.

In times past, I could always "temporarily" "hide" things in the bedroom and close the doors if someone was coming to the house.  Well, this man will need to measure the floor in the hallway that leads into each bedroom - so, no closed doors.  Yikes!!

Oh my gosh, this new flooring project is overwhelming!  It's so much easier when this is done in an empty house and you don't have to remove appliances, furniture, etc.

I still need to mop the floors yet tonight, clear off the dining room table, maybe take a few things down to the basement.  In my desperate, running out of time, no other option plan is to take a box and box up the contents on the dining room table and "hide" it in my car in the garage until this man leaves.   ???

I sorted through the pile of shoes and boots in the mud room tonight.  Threw out a bunch that were beyond someone else wearing them.  Came across a pair of boys black dress shoes kids size 6 - our son now wears an adult size 11.  Needless to say, they've been sitting in the mud room "for a while".   :-[

I did make a run to Menards tonight too to replace two heater vents on the floor.  The ones that were there were nasty!!  They look good now!   :)

I'm still open to any help if anyone is available.  I've got a lot of cleaning to do here with this little project.

Better keep moving along . . it might be an all nighter.  (I can sleep later, after the man comes tomorrow morning.)

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on February 25, 2014, 05:52:12 AM
Oh Bucky, shame I didn't see your plea for help until this morning!

Wishing you the very best of luck with the flooring man - and I will make cake for us to eat later  ;D

Hugs
Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on February 25, 2014, 05:30:23 PM
Kathyx - I am SO ready for some cake right now!   ;)

I only had to "hide" a few things in the car - one box (with contents from dining room table), one bag with some more papers in it, and a few dishes that I didn't have time to wash up as the dishwasher was full of clean dishes.  So, not so bad!   :D

Now we wait for the estimate to come in for the floor and moving appliances. 

We will have to remove the baseboards and get some quarter round to stain for the installation.  I don't think hubby will be able to do this, we might have to pay someone to do that for us.  Ugh!

I did go back to bed for a bit after the man left - I needed it, the four hours sleep that I got last night didn't quite cut it!  Ahhh, it felt good to get some more sleep.

Keep up all your little projects everyone . . . bit by bit, we'll get it done.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on February 26, 2014, 10:45:29 AM

Cake?  We found "Tiramisu Gelato" Yummmm.

Every so often we stop into Aldis', now more often, they have Artisans Lettuce, (4 different types in one container. 2 deep burgandy color and 2 green. Different flavors and textures.)  I love it.

Estate.. phone calls and more phone calls. Yeah, finally taxes "should' be done.
Lined up two more painters to meet tomorrow at the home.

There was a floor to ceiling crack in the Great Room. Brought up photos we took before tenants moved in. Not there.
Hmmm? Isn't that where the heavy tree limbs hit the roof during Hurricane Sandy.
There was a damage report made to insurance. They inspected roof. Made payment after deductible. Inside crawl space/rafters where not check.. OMG?

So they are going to send someone out.

Granddaughter was sick... I wake up sounding like a "black and white' film movie starlet, Darrrling..lol.

Tried to find out what is going on with my laptop? Out for repair now 5.5 weeks? Not happy. Sent two complaints to company.. talked to someone in the Caribbean last evening.. wish I were there. He kept apologizing.. it was to the point of being annoying. I told him to stop apologizing "You didn't do anything wrong. I just want an answer.. what is going on?"  Found the email for the CEO.. next.

Sent DH out of town. Goodbye.. go take a break.
"Don't you want to come?"  "No thank you Darrrling.. I have to meet the painters"
Gave his hair a trim, slapped him on the tush..and off he goes.

(.. geesh I wanted to be alone in the home .. so I could scream.. Oh, well maybe my voice will be fine tomorrow and in the car with windows up tight.. I can scream/sing..lol. It is an hour drive.  ;D )

In the meantime .. the rest of the gelato is all mine.
 
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on February 26, 2014, 02:08:20 PM
How is your Dad, Susan. He was supposed to get a pacemaker yesterday?

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carolina on March 01, 2014, 05:51:55 AM
Oh, quietdynamics,  I could SO identify with wanting to be alone in the house!  That almost never happens now, and 'going out by myself doesn't have the same effect' for me.

I often think of ages past, when people lived all in one room in little huts (I never think of being the queen, and even she wasn't ever alone, come to think of it) and no one was ever alone!    No wonder people went out to become hermits.   

Of course we need people, and we need to be kind and useful to people, but we surely need rest and recovery.  I guess that's what meditation time is for.  Go into myself to be 'alone', including quieting my 'monkey mind' which is chattering and swinging from the branches all day long.

Well, enjoy your quiet time alone. 

This is my birthday weekend, so we're celebrating with various family groups, and that will be nice.  A lunch today with our younger son and his girlfriend (this is new and fun).  And lunch tomorrow with my niece and my husband's sister and brother-in-law.  I don't know how people who live those demanding lives (like the President and his wife, or any socialites) can do it....one event after another.

Well, now it's March so winter is almost done here in eastern North Carolina.   It has been especially cold recently at night, so the humidifier runs out of water, and it gets dry.   But that's almost over.........

And so it goes.....

Hugs, Elaine (Carolina)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on March 01, 2014, 04:43:25 PM
Today's been a great day!   :D

1)  We went over to town to the carpet place and went over all the plans, and brought home a few more samples of carpet to pick from.  It's a toss up on the color - two of them that we like are close in color, one a little more "reddish / brownish" than the other.  Either would work.  We'll ask sons input before we make the final decision on Wednesday.

2)  Watched son in a tennis match.   :D

3)  Tried out my new, fangle-dangle dryer lint brush.  It was awesome!!  I cleaned out probably a quart size baggie full of lint that is down inside your dryer.  Now, my dryer is 98% lint-free.   ;D  This brush, which is a hard bristle type brush on a long, bendable wire only cost $5.47 at Menards (a huge, big-box hardware, DIY place for those who live outside the U.S.).  Worth every penny and then some!  Built up lint in your dryer can cause a fire.

I hate to say this too loudly, not to jinx myself, but everything seems to be falling into place with some remodeling we're doing before May rolls around.  The gentlemen at the carpet place said they'll be done laying stuff within the month.  Yay!!

We didn't know they would be removing the toilet to lay flooring in the bathroom - we just assumed they work around it.  Nope, they remove the toilet and then lay the floor.  Which, for us, is a good thing - just this morning, on the way over to meet with this gentlemen, we talked about getting new toilets.  Since hubby and I have had problems with sciatica in the past, and will most likely, have it again (and again) - we want to get a handicapped toilet that sits higher.  Squatting to sit on a "standard" toilet with sciatica problems is a major pain . . . literally!!

So, this week we go to pick out new toilets and when they come to do the flooring, they will install them.  My hubby is so excited!!  (Yeah, sad isn't it, when a grown man gets excited he's getting a new toilet in his bathroom!!   ;))

Hope you all are feeling good about all the things you are working on.

Bucky

P.S.  Tonight, I am enjoying the evening home by myself.  The only noise in the house is the hum of the dryer and the clacking of the keyboard keys.   :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on March 02, 2014, 01:23:06 PM
Wow Mrs Bucky! you are running ahead with your refurbishing at a fine pace. I love the sound of your carpets. But especially, I like the sound of your new toilets. I need something new, not because of the height, but because of the strange position I have to sit in to 'perform'. I could really do with one with a footstool at the front - but I don't think that type has been invented yet.

Onward and upwards with the chores. I bet you will be so proud when your family and friends come for the graduation.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on March 14, 2014, 11:54:00 AM
Wow, we have been a lazy bunch lately!

I am organizing the Southern Colorado Community Music Festival (Formerly the Southern Colorado Community Band and Orchestra Festival; the website designer objected to the resultant URL!) and have made real progress. Half of the 8 performance slots are filled, and we got our first ads sold yesterday, as well as arranging for insurance!

It will be June 7.  Florence High School, Florence, CO (near Pueblo. Any nearby instrumentalists are welcome to come!) Gulp.

Now to go clean the kitchen and living room up. The plumbing projects are done (not by me), so we can water the front lawn again, and the toilet tank fills up much better without the 3/8 inch pebble inside it.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on March 14, 2014, 12:05:56 PM
I have been lazy too.  With two vacations, six weeks apart, I've been spending all my free time booking excursions, hotels, flights, etc.

Plus, Grandson just arrived from Texas!  :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on March 14, 2014, 01:06:09 PM
Velcro, you are excused. Enjoy!
Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on March 15, 2014, 01:56:15 PM
I've been a real busy bee today. We went to view a bungalow, and then came home to make our house as spic and span as possible for viewers tomorrow.

We really loved the bungalow and would like to put in an offer, but it really depends on selling our house.

Positive vibes would be very much appreciated! And I hope I haven't done too much today and ruined my weekend with pain and tiredness.

Will let you know how it goes.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carolina on March 15, 2014, 03:37:28 PM
Hi, all.

We're in  Motel in Kingsland GA, on our way to visit friends in Florida.

Nice to be getting away......tho' the work it takes is always more than I want to do,  It's like packing one of each of everything I rely on!

However, now we're here.  Spring is more advanced.   It's 79 here at 6:30 pm.

Good to be away........ but not out of touch with my Angels!

Hugs,  Elaine
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on March 15, 2014, 07:58:31 PM
Kathyx - I hope your home sells quickly for you, soon enough for you to be able to bid on the bungalow. 

Wishing you all the best!  Rest up for the rest of the weekend.

Elaine - enjoy your vacation!

For myself, we're making headway here on my projects at home  . . . I will post an update soon.   :D

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on March 15, 2014, 08:39:18 PM
Quiche progress: ham cut up, onions browned,pie crusts made and cooked, mince pie for father in law in oven. I'll put them together tomorrow. It will go fast. Good thing, since we'll have a band rehearsal tomorrow afternoon. Up in the Springs. Sigh. At least I can drop off the pie for my FIL tomorrow.

Kitchen counters and stove cleaned. Well, they were. I'll go finish cleaning up from this phase of the quiche before I go to bed.

Back to work on the Festival!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on March 16, 2014, 02:02:08 PM
Sharon, you have had a very productive weekend - well done you.

Bucky, the viewers loved our house. I was worried that our decor might be a bit too red, but the wife absolutely loved it. They live in a town about 15 miles away, and want to come to this area to be near their children and grandchildren. We wait with bated breath!

Hugs
Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on March 17, 2014, 06:09:29 AM
Kathy -Sending huge, gigantic, cosmic good vibes!

Elaine, Have a great time!

Sharon, I'm coming to your house to eat!  Yummmmmm
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on March 17, 2014, 06:46:59 AM
Thanks Velcro!

Bit of a bummer though - they have TWO houses to sell before they can buy our house, which they would really like to do.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on March 25, 2014, 01:36:39 PM
Kathyx - awww, what a bummer that the people who like your place can't do anything until they sell TWO of their places.   :(

Have you had any more interested parties since that showing?

I hope someone comes along and is looking for a place just like your house and can buy it from you.

Good Luck, dear.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on March 25, 2014, 01:40:46 PM
We are in the same boat.  I have had my house up for sale for over 3 years (that I had before I married in another County) and now we have DH's house.  We want to move out to a more rural area and get a house that suits us better.  Unfortunately, until my house EVER sales and we can put this one up for sale...not happening.

I can't tell you how many houses we have found that would be perfect for us but we can't even consider it right now.  And I know, if we ever get to that point, we probably will not find a one!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on March 25, 2014, 02:10:43 PM
Okay - here's an update of projects going on at my house . . . . .

All of the new flooring is in!   ;D  Yay!!

Whew, what a project to move furniture from one room to another and back again.  In fact, some of the furniture ISN'T moved back into the living room yet from the carpet laying that was just done on Friday.  We're getting new living room furniture delivered tomorrow, so I want to wait to put other things back until they get the furniture in first.

Today, I even washed and rehung the living room curtains. 

We only had one snafu in the flooring process.  The salesman told us that they would be removing the toilets, laying the floor, and then re-installing the toilets in the bathrooms.  Well, since they were going to be doing that, we bought new toilets to be installed.   When the installer took the existing toilet out, he said he wouldn't be able to install the new toilets, that we would have to get a plumber to do that.  (salesman never told them about new toilets going in) :o  Great . . . here we are in the middle of a project and at a standstill.

I frantically call a plumber that has done work at our house before and ask if there is anyone available to come TODAY to install these toilets (explained to him the situation).  He asks me to hold on, and then comes back on the line and said there were two men working in the next town over and they would come on their lunch break and take care of it.  Two hours later, the men arrive, install the toilets and we're ready to go again.

Unfortunately, the floor installer had to leave early that day to pick up his kids from school - so, even though the toilets were in and the project ready to continue, we had to wait.  What was suppose to be a "probably one-day" installation of the kitchen / bathroom flooring, turned into 2-1/2 days.  Ugh!  Oh well . . it's done now.   :D

By the way . . . I called the salesman and asked if they were picking up the bill for the plumber since I was told they would be able to install the new toilets.  His reply, "Well, we normally don't do that.  There are times where there are additional costs that is incurred on a job that is the homeowners responsibility.  However, since you are a good customer, we WILL pick up the cost for the plumber."  Yay - so, they will be sending us a check for that amount.   I'm sure in the long run, it was no skin off their nose, as they charged us dearly in the first place!!   ;)

We all love our new floors.  I'll be glad when I can open up the windows and get some of the "new carpet" smell out of the house.

Now, to do all the other little projects I have up my sleeve . . . .

See my next post.   ;)

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on March 25, 2014, 02:46:43 PM
During our floor remodeling, we had to take the doors off the pantries (we have two, one across from the other).  We haven't put the doors back up yet . . . I'm really liking how it looks without the doors.

I'm thinking of putting up some curtain in the doors place - but, will have to think on that one.  Today, while I washed up the living room curtains, I held them up to the pantry - they didn't look too bad.

Now, I need to re-organize the pantries.  I have spent hours looking at pictures and samples of pantries on-line.  Some people have really nice walk-in pantries, mines not that big. 

One of our pantries has five shelves - each 10" deep, that holds all the canned goods, box mixes, cereal, baking ingredients, etc.  The other pantry, has five shelves - two shelves are 22" deep, and three shelves are 11" deep, that holds special pans, blender, small crock, waffle maker, Pyrex dishes, Tupperware, extra paper towels, paper plates, napkins, plate holders, bags of potato chips, garbage bags, food storage bags, drinking pitchers, special occasion party supplies (plates, napkins, cups), etc.  On the bottom shelf in this pantry we keep batteries and cleaning supplies - window cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, goo-gone, WD40, etc.  (Although, currently, both pantries only have four shelves in there as I had to empty the bottom shelf so they could lay the flooring in there.  If there was someway I could manage it, I like it WITHOUT that bottom shelf in both pantries.)

In the pictures I've seen online - a lot of people use baskets, containers,  and racks to put all their pantry items on their shelves.  I saw a cute idea using magazine holders to store canned goods or pasta - but, I tried mine and they are too narrow.

I guess what I need to do is take EVERYTHING out of the pantry (one side at a time) - and then put it back according to "zones" - which is how it sorta is right now, anyhow. 

I think it would help to keep the doors off, as it obscured the far corners of the pantry that I couldn't see very well because the doors are bi-fold and only go back so far.  Without the doors, I can see the whole pantry - and there wouldn't be any long forgotten "surprises" tucked away in the corners never to see the light of day again. 

What does YOUR pantry look like?  What do you keep in your pantry?  Any suggestions or ideas from any of you of what works in YOUR pantry?

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on March 26, 2014, 11:47:03 AM
There is EVERYTHING in my pantry.  It's technically pitiful.  We have so much stuff in there, that every time I straighten it out, it takes literally a couple of weeks to be back into a mess.  My problem is that it isn't really big and I don't have tons of cabinets.  It has like five shelves.  The top shelf holds everything from party supplies, to extra light bulbs.  The 2nd shelf has all baking supplies.  The third is boxed goods, the fourth cans.  The bottom shelf(floor) has all the pet supplies, extra appliances and water/coke bottles.

Congrats on getting your floors all done did!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on March 26, 2014, 02:27:18 PM
Mrs Bucky, you have been a busy bee BUT try not to tire yourself out before the graduation - you need to be able to enjoy it.

I'm envious of your pantries. We don't even have one, however, we do have an abundance of kitchen cabinets.

The potential house-buyers came back with an offer - they had somehow found the money. However, it was far too low, and wouldn't have allowed us to move into the house we really would like. We did reduce it to a most reasonable price, but their offer really wasn't reasonable, so back to the drawing board for now. We might try having a whole day 'open house' if we haven't had any more offers after Easter.

Velcro, good luck with your house sale. It seems like an endless task, but someone will come along one day and love your place.

Hugs
Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on March 26, 2014, 07:14:16 PM

Everyone has been so busy.. wow.
We had a bug in the family that was like a 'slow motion' bowling ball knocking us out one by one.. and we lingered.

Yesterday I was backing out of the driveway and pulled a "slccom".. nabbed the tree service crew working across the street and they dropped off a full truck load of great mulch at the top of the drive.

Basically the two of us 10 wheel barrels.. break.. then again. Looks great in the front.
Wonder where the plants are I planted last fall? I'll rake it away and hunt..lol.
They are doing more work in the immediate area.. I have to get to the bank and give them a tip. They were so nice.

Felt great to outside.

Pantry.. our shelves were spaced to far apart in height, and things get lost in the back.. I hate that hunt. So we had measured and added shelves in between (3/4 the depth to not block out light or reach). Added a shelf to top for light bulky things. And one more under the last shelf for baking sheets .. so they are not sitting in the oven anymore..  ;) Bags of rice and such are in large clear plastic bin. Cat food bag, large olive oil, etc on floor.

Katybarstool.. did your interested party respond to a counter-offer?
What do you mean by too much red?
Hope an open house goes well. When we have one I want the realtor to put balloons on the open house signs.. catches some drivers attention as well as they come up to the sign. Just saw in a magazine in a Dr. office advice that realtors should advertise on twitter, facebook and Craigslist, anything internet to get hits.
I also rearranged the shelves in the fridge so milk and juice, etc. is easier for me to lift.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on March 26, 2014, 09:20:13 PM
Wow! I'm famous! 8)

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on March 27, 2014, 03:04:42 AM
Wow! I'm famous! 8)

Sharon

.. and a treasure as well.

I am looking at this  arbor for the side of the house  costco.com/.product.100038280.html?cm_sp=RichRelevance-_-itempageVerticalRight-_-CategorySiloedViewCP&cm_vc=itempageVerticalRight|CategorySiloedViewCP

and since I think of lawn grass as an expensive, high maintenance 'glorified weed' .. this  "Red Creeping Thyme" parkseed.com/red-creeping-thyme/p/48940/ Bulk purchase is 1000 seeds. (must be tiny)

Thinking a few of these at my mothers' home.. exterior staging. Muhlenbergia capillaris Pink Muhly Grass parkseed.com/product.aspx?p=48792&green=2ddff400-1cd6-3809d-1b11-6247612f787e
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carolina on March 27, 2014, 06:19:48 AM
Lots of great Jugglers are posting here.

My juggling is much simpler: sleep, eat, drink, breathe........

My new mantra:  Don't just do something, stand there. (or sit).

I find I just pick up one thing at a time, so I'm just juggling one thing.

And then a drop it.

 8)

Life is good, however, if I remember these basics:

http://www.lifebuzz.com/just-stop/

Hugs,  Elaine
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on March 27, 2014, 06:30:15 AM

Velcro, good luck with your house sale. It seems like an endless task, but someone will come along one day and love your place.


Thank you.  We have only had one offer as well and it was well below the value and ridiculous as well.  We have already dropped the price to only cover the loan and commission.  I'm not making anything on it at all.  I simply need out from under it and it's priced now almost $15,000 below what it's worth.

Showing it again this morning.  Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on March 27, 2014, 12:21:02 PM

Velcro, good luck with your house sale. It seems like an endless task, but someone will come along one day and love your place.


Thank you.  We have only had one offer as well and it was well below the value and ridiculous as well.  We have already dropped the price to only cover the loan and commission.  I'm not making anything on it at all.  I simply need out from under it and it's priced now almost $15,000 below what it's worth.

Showing it again this morning.  Fingers crossed!

I don't know what kind of contract you have with your real estate agent, but if you go on Dave Ramsey's site and click on endorsed local provider, you can find the best agent in your area. They really follow up to make sure that the provider is doing a good job.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on March 27, 2014, 01:04:46 PM
Thank you.  There are only 3 realtors in town.  One big firm and two locals.  I went with the big one (Century 21).  The problem is in the town it's in.  About the time I left and remarried, the economy there tanked.  They used to have 5 manufacturing facilities there, now none.  It's a very small, rural town and there is no jobs there.  It will take someone retiring (it's beautiful) or someone who doesn't mind a 45 minute, one way commute for it to sale.

Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on March 27, 2014, 09:33:55 PM
I see. You work with what you have, then! Good luck!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on March 28, 2014, 10:25:55 AM
Thank you.  They just called and have another showing tomorrow, so at least people are still looking.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on March 28, 2014, 11:01:20 AM
Wow! I'm famous! 8)

Sharon

.. and a treasure as well.

Awww/ :-[ Thanks, QuietDynamics!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on March 28, 2014, 11:06:25 AM
Let's see. Got insurance and some ads for the Music Festival I am throwing. Got the German Band gigs scheduled and off to the people who can authorize them. Made 7 quiches. Got homes for a large bunch of fabric that I got free off Craigslist. Saw my niece and nephew, had sort of a job interview to do ADA advocacy work, delivered a 25-year certificate to a Shriner, had a lovely visit and dinner with my niece, and even remembered to NOT tell her husband about the cheesecake...

Found someone who wants to buy our melodion, so we can get in a recliner from the garage. Almost got to get it to him, but schedules interfered.

This is not today; rather, over the past week.

I've got more to do, so have a great weekend, everyone! Velcro, I hope the house sells very soon to the right people.

Hugs to all,
Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on March 29, 2014, 10:26:32 AM
I forgot -- also got 4 drawers organized in the bedroom!

Gotta go!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on March 31, 2014, 08:10:21 AM
Thanks and you are a busy beaver!  Putting me to shame!

I went through my walk-in closet this weekend.  Got rid of two garbage bags of winter clothes I never wore this season and took them to the Ministry Center.  Still need to go through my shoes :)
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on April 05, 2014, 12:35:30 PM
And the good news is ... the previous people came back this week with an acceptable offer! We were amazed as we had written them off.

It's been a roller coaster couple of weeks, but we are very optimistic now. Rhe legal work has started, so we might be in our new hoe within a couple of months.

Now the de-cluttering goes up a notch!

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on April 05, 2014, 01:40:21 PM
Wonderful news, Katy! I'm thrilled for you.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on April 05, 2014, 07:54:28 PM
Kathyx - good news indeed!!  I'm so happy for you!  I hope all the legal work falls into place and this is a quick transaction for you.

It would be great if you could get the bungalow you looked at recently.

Good luck with packing, etc., - just remember to pace yourself and don't do everything in a real hurry that it sends you into a flare.  If you don't want to really take the time to downsize right now, you can always pack it up and get rid of it when you move into your new place.  You could put possible things to get rid of in one box (and mark it) - once you move, don't unpack it right away.  After a while, if you haven't needed the things - just get rid of the box(es).

Wish I could come help you (as I look at the pile of "stuff" still sitting on the floor in the dining room that I haven't moved yet from the new flooring) - okay, maybe I better take care of my own project first . . . but, I would come help you if I could.   :D

Good luck, dear. 

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on April 07, 2014, 01:00:27 PM
Thanks Bucky

I would love for you to come and help - and sit a while with me to drink tea and eat cake :)

The structural surveys are taking place for both houses on the 17. We are downsizing, and so our the buyers of our house, so no mortgages are needed. This means it should be completed within a couple of months. We are giddy with excitement. I can't wait to have a ground floor bedroom and bathroom - no more dreaded stairs to climb :)

We have been clearing out a bit at a time over the past 9 months or so, but will still have to be strict about getting rid of some stuff.

Are you getting excited about your son's graduation?

Hugs
Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on April 07, 2014, 09:06:32 PM
Kathyx - I am so happy that your offer for the bungalow was accepted.  Yay!!   ;D

How exciting to be moving to a new place!  Will this be closer to your work?

We have a ranch style home - everything on one level - which I love.  No steps, unless you go down to the basement.

Tomorrow, as I continue my quest on putting things back into place in my house, I will think of you and your new adventure that awaits you.   :D

How long have you lived in the place you're in now?

I bet I know what you'll be doing on your Kathyx's Wednesdays!!

Am I excited about the upcoming graduation?  No, not really - it's happening too quickly!  He only has 22 more days of high school - then, another chapter in the Book of Life closes - and another begins.  It seems the last nine months my bone dry eyes have teared up more than they ever have in my entire life.  Too many changes all happening too quickly.

Good luck with all your packing / downsizing projects, Kathyx . . make sure and pace yourself.

Hugs,
Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Velcro on April 08, 2014, 06:43:09 AM
And the good news is ... the previous people came back this week with an acceptable offer! We were amazed as we had written them off.

It's been a roller coaster couple of weeks, but we are very optimistic now. Rhe legal work has started, so we might be in our new hoe within a couple of months.

Now the de-cluttering goes up a notch!

Kathyx

Woot Woot!
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on April 10, 2014, 06:27:27 AM

Kathyx..Congratulations on all the positive progress with the homes.

And Bucky.. a grand milestone for your son. Will there be a lot of graduation parties? And much success in his next life adventure.

Hoping everyone is faring well.. the Music Festival and ADA advocacy for slccom, and Velcro with her home.. all.

Driving once I saw a wooded area with an entire undergrowth of ferns.. it was so beautiful.

I saw a "Free Ferns" posting on Craigslist.. sooo. The ferns were west of Philly.. so we stopped into Ikea on the way back.. that did me in.. so no planting for few days.

Yesterday we finished putting the ferns in.. it took two days. ( Pacing and rests)
DH had to switch from shovel to pick ax (we have a lot of flat stones in the back.. those are being recycled.) 4 large kitchen bags worth, started dividing them.. then I ran out of steam.. towards the end some had two in plants in clump.. grand total 40 planted = 3 beds and a few near the home (where moss was growing hardily and little else.)
Then cover beds with some of the 'free' mulch with got..  :)

The larger, flat pieces of stone are forming an edge along a section of curved patio to give the illusion of an alcove, so far 6" high (a raised bed with a dwarf dogwood there and creeping juniper and day lilies, etc.). I have wanted this for years.

DH would lift a piece of good piece of stone and together we would say .. A treasure!.. so we made it a game and had fun together.

We will see how many survive.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on April 13, 2014, 12:29:37 PM
QD, your gardening project sounds awesome. Will we have pictures when it is all done?

Bucky, I can understand your mixed feelings about your son's graduation, but like you say, it's on to the next stage in life. Do you remember when he first started school, and how you missed your little boy, going out into the big world. It was probably the same when he learned to drive - all these different life stages. And you will get great pleasure in the achievements he has to come, and then it will be time to build a home of his own. It's a well worn path, but one that we all have to go down. So, some of your tears will be of pride and joy in his new adult life. Enjoy! (And remind me of my brave words in August when our middle son gets married and we become kid free after 35 years!)

On the house front, we have lived here for 17 years. It was our refuge after drug dealers moved into our previous neighbourhood and our boys were assaulted. We had to almost start again mortgage-wise, and it was tough. However, if all goes according to plan, we should be mortgage free in our new home before hubby retires next year. I have 9 years before I can get a retirement pension but, God willing, having no mortgage will mean I can reduce my hours, or even retire a little earlier.

Tomorrow, I'm taking my mum to a concert 90 miles away. She and I are Daniel O'Donnell fans and we had to cancel a concert trip in the autumn when I was in hospital, so tomorrow is a replacement. I'm driving, which is a challenge, but we are staying overnight before driving back the following day. Wish me luck (mum can be difficult).   
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on April 13, 2014, 05:41:06 PM
Kathyx - enjoy your concert!  Safe travels and patience with mum.   ;)

Bucky

Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on April 15, 2014, 01:16:26 PM
Taxes are done, three large squash peeled, cooked and pureed for soup, and now to shovel off the tables and other paperwork. We have friends coming over for a doggie play date.

Laundry is done, and most importantly, dogs are petted. Not enough, of course, but a barely acceptable start...

Have a great week, everyone!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on April 15, 2014, 10:24:58 PM
I haven't posted on this as I planned too. Don't have a good reason either, but to say tired, been sick, tired, etc. oh and tired. lol... Wait I do have an excuse.

 For a few months we had this sweet, black, full stock lab girl dumped at our house starving. We fed her(I fed her). Made blankets for her. Had her spayed, then she would run off even miles away, and having people call us when they checked her tag.

We would bring her back home, putting her at times on a long chain in the yard, then let her out, feeding her all the while, and playing with her, just for her to get wanderlust again. lol...

Finally as she kept increasing in her healthy weight and height, beyond my and my husband's limits, we found her a great forever home. She is now being treated like a little um... big princess! We named her Bella. For those who don't know we have 4 other dogs. 3 medium size, and one little Yorkie.

I got rid of a few papers today. I went down to help give my dad some of his insulin he has to have daily.

Did a bit of sewing, and I do mean a bit. lol...Trying to sew some bunnies for 6 great grand nieces.

I am trying to diet again after gaining back all I had lost before. My pulmonologist suggested it. lol...

susanep
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on April 17, 2014, 10:50:06 PM
I got some more ads in Canyon City for the Music Festival, and had a ball doing it even though my feet hurt. Cooked the squash soup and made cornbread and tapioca pudding. I even got some kitchen mess cleaned up.

My foot is healing very well from my minor surgery and I look forward to getting the stitches out next week.

Today I had a meeting of the ADA Committee, and rushed off without paying much attention to much but getting everything together for the meeting. I got to the site and realized that I had my foot surgery velcro shoe on my right foot, and my soft, comfy slipper on the left!

Sigh. I had planned to go do some errands and so on afterwards. Tomorrow, then! Kohl's sent me $10 that I'm going to go spend! Whoo Whoo!

Better hit the sack now. Big day tomorrow!

Sharon

Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on April 18, 2014, 01:01:05 PM
Hi Sharon, you really are a busy bee, but watch that foot. Hope you had a good day shopping. Did you spend your voucher?.

Susan, did you feel a bit lost after Bella went? I know the tired feeling. I was talking to my physio yesterday and confessing to 'giving in to tiredness by having an afternoon nap' whenever I am at home during the day. She said I need to turn that around to say that 'I take the opportunity to recharge my batteries when I can. And she's right. Why should we feel guilty for listening to our bodies. I was impressed when she mentioned spoons too!

We are doing some preparation for our move, but trying not to temp fate. The surveyor came to our house yesterday and also went to our house to be. He said there wasn't anything major needed to be done at either house, but we are waiting for the detailed reports. Then, so long as the conveyancing goes okay, we should be good to go.

Today's preparation entailed my son taking down and removing a spare bed, and dismantling the grandchildren's bunk beds. And talk about dust bunnies - they were more like dust elephants, no wonder my asthma has been playing up:)

What's everyone else been doing?

Kathyx

 
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on April 19, 2014, 07:38:56 AM

Granddaugther has been away for Spring Break.. so I have really cleaned the kitchen and Family room, downstairs powder room (including walls). 

Took days  with all the breaks.. counters are clear. Daughter moved home with kitten who was knocking things off anything horizonal.. I really like this kitten!
Toaster oven .. no one ever cleaned is gone.. goodbye. Put extra thick cutting board on the side of the gas range we hardly ever use.. so clean counter tops.

Still loving that Hoover All Terrain Cleaning machine we bought.. kitchen floor ---> onto berber carpet in family room. Wood blinds and windows/screen done. (took 2 days) .. some boxes for donation. 

Checked outside today.. one of the 40 ferns is growing.. lol. 
Scored a $14 large Gerber daisy, reduced to $3.. trimmed off damaged leaves to find the 'treasures'

Found a great leather Ethan Allen chair for the right price on Craigs.. I have saddle soap.
Bought it Thurs .. and it is still in the car??

Afterwards we had dinner at a Peruvian Restaurant I had been wanting to try.. great fun.
Dessert, Tres Leches Chocolate. Wow. DH had Quinoa Flan.. amazingly light and smooth.. and so much better than mine.  No caramelized sugar.. cocoa and something else with fresh strawberry garnish.

Kathy.. dust bunnies.. I hope one day to never live with wall -wall carpeting again.
Soon as I get home I take my glasses off..
Hoping everything is going smoothly.

Sharon the work you are doing is great.. hope you are healing well. Wish I were close enough to go to the concert. Video?

susanep.. sigh.. thinking of soon getting my sewing machine out?
Considering a wool simple quilt (chinese coins) and selling my small antique collection of handmade ones. Perhaps at the Estate Sale.  Which is why I am cleaning here now.
Like Velcro I have to hit my closet.. then my vintage clothes. 

Bucky how is progress on graduation?


 
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on April 19, 2014, 01:03:48 PM
Vintage clothes are quite "in" these days. Don't just give them away! Also, if you do want to give them away, local theater groups love vintage clothes for costumes.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on April 22, 2014, 01:14:54 PM
Wow - you ladies have been busy with all kinds of projects.

It feels good to "see" the results of our work doesn't it?   :D

I've been working on things at a snails pace . . . I just can't get the motivation to finish this all up.  With that being said, I DID finish one side of the pantry today - took everything out, washed the shelves, and wiped off everything before putting them back in - rearranging things in "groups" (pasta w/sauce, baking, soups, etc.) as I put them back.  I also threw out some items that were dated 2011 & 2012.  I am really, really going to make an effort to only buy things that I plan on using as I hate to throw money away.

I also hung the curtains for the pantries - so that job is done!  (I had already done the one side, but finished up the other side today.)

I found out this morning that they called yesterday to say my bookcase is in - ready for me to pick it up.  Good thing I asked our son if they had called, as son "forgot" to tell me!  So, I will go pick that up tomorrow and finish that project up in the living room.  Yay! 

All I have left to do in the living room is find a home or take to recycling our old TV that is sitting on the floor in the living room.  No donation places will take it - I've tried several.

Maybe, I can get our son to help me take some boxes to the basement tomorrow since seniors don't have school tomorrow as underclassmen are having tests.  It's easier for him to do the running up and down the stairs than it is for me.

I see light at the end of the tunnel . . . just praying it's NOT a train heading my way!!   ;)

Keep up the good work everyone.  A little at a time and we'll get 'er done!

"Vintage clothes" . . . yep, I've got some of those too!   ;)

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on April 23, 2014, 12:28:01 PM
Mrs Bucky

I'm very proud of your achievements - you must be too. Did you son help today?

We haven't done anything else with the house yet. We are waiting for the survey and other legalities, and desperately trying not to care if the sale doesn't go through. Trying not to be negative, but don't want to jinx it either.

My sister is 'up north' from her home in Cornwall this week. I went out with her today for a meander around the local market town. I think she is shocked at my lack of stamina, but she was really lovely about walking slowly with her big sister.

Hugs

Kathyx 
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on May 05, 2014, 12:30:49 PM
Anybody doing anything lately?  ;) I'm going to clean house and back yard since someone is coming over Wednesday!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on May 05, 2014, 12:33:53 PM
Hi Sharon

We've been doing some garden work today. It was only a couple of hours, but it's surprising how much you can accomplish in such a short time. We are trying to keep it as tidy as possible for the new owners, but we are not gardeners by any stretch of the imagination.

Good luck for Wednesday.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on May 05, 2014, 06:09:56 PM
Well, Kathy, have you thought of trying a flame thrower?  ;D

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on May 05, 2014, 11:57:51 PM
Believe me, if I thought we could get away with it, we would!

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: susanep on May 11, 2014, 02:32:53 AM
Kathy you have really had a lot going on.

Others have also been up to a lot.

I did get those 6 bunnies finished for Easter.

Yes, I do miss Bella the big horse size black beauty lab. lol....

My little yappy (yorkie) Bonnie is my shadow.
My little red face li'l Anne(part golden retriever) is my little wild thing.
My little black furry Matilda (Australian Shepard) is a guard to all of us, but a happy face fur friend too.
My little man Buddy(Part Cardigan Corgi) is my little short leg (blind) sweet heart.

I sure love these little furry guys, and give them treats all the time.

I'm their momma in every sense of the word, and my husband is their daddy in every sense of the word.  :) :)

susanep
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on May 11, 2014, 10:40:55 AM
Susan

Those fur babies are lucky having such a wonderful set of parents.

Mrs Bucky, when is the graduation?

We are still on target for a move within the next few weeks - it just takes sooo long for all the legalities.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on May 11, 2014, 10:52:05 AM
I'm glad to hear that the move is still on! Congratulations!
Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on May 19, 2014, 05:29:36 PM
I'm walking pain-free!  I LOVE it!

Working on the Festival, too, and making progress. Good thing, since it is (gulp) very soon!

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on May 20, 2014, 11:38:04 AM
Wow - the middle of May already!!!  The year is just flying by! Time marches on, whether you're ready or not! 

I'm glad to read about all the projects going on with each of you.  Kathyx - I'm so excited for you that things are still moving along with your upcoming move.  Be sure to pace yourself as much as you can and get your family to help you!!

Grandchildren, music festivals, sewing, gardening, moving, organizing, cleaning . . .  everyone is busy, busy.

I can report that I finished 95% of my project I working on for graduation.  I still have that 5% that keeps staring me in the face.  Our son graduated this past Sunday.   :D  Unfortunately, none of my family came from out-of-state for the occasion.  I understand it's a long ways to travel, they are busy with their jobs, etc., but, I still wish they could have seem him get his diploma.  They will come another time when things aren't quite so busy.

Since nobody was coming, the urgency to get everything done wasn't as pressing.  So . . . I didn't push it!  I could probably finish it all in two more days max, but, between working at my job and when I have time off it seems my sciatica keeps flaring up and then I can't do anything.   :(   Oh well . . . I still love all the changes in the house.  I must admit the kitchen/dining room floor is more work than I anticipated since it is darker than the old flooring and you can see every little thing on it.   :-\

No big plans for this summer - I'm just going to keep plugging away trying to downsize things in the house we don't need.   We've made several trips to recycle things - for that I'm glad.   :)

Good luck to everyone with all the projects you are working on.  If there is anyone else who is just "lurking" reading our stories, feel free to jump in with your news to share too. 

Have a good week!

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Katybarstool on May 21, 2014, 01:07:50 PM
Bucky

What a shame your family couldn't see you beautiful new home. But it's so nice that you are enjoying it anyway.

I bet you were so proud of your beautiful son. What are his future plans?

Wishing him all the very best (and you, of course!)

Kathyx

 
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on May 23, 2014, 03:09:19 PM
Well, we are getting a new water heater. And a new basement. The carpet and everything else was three inches deep, so it was an adventure. Called the insurance company, they called ServePro, and we have a Pod outside for our stuff, and fans going downstairs. We didn't lose much of importance, and we are glad about that.

Mama told me there would be days like this!

SHaron
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on May 23, 2014, 09:00:33 PM
Ugh, Sharon . . . sorry for all the hassle of getting a new water heater and having to move everything out of the way in the basement.

We're living on borrowed time with our water heater . . . ours is 23 yrs. old!  I keep telling hubby we NEED to get a new one now, before it decides to force us to get one.

We don't have any carpeting in our basement, it's just a storage area for "stuff" - but, I would still hate to have everything sitting in water (most is up off the floor on shelving).

I hope your basement dries out and things get situated quickly for you.

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on May 26, 2014, 07:51:25 AM
Tell your hubby to stop "borrowing" time!  We have a company dealing with it. Unfortunately, they seem to not be very good.

Ah, well. We don't have the energy to clear out the basement ourselves.

Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carebear on August 22, 2014, 12:59:02 PM
It's been a long time since I last posted on this topic, and an even longer time since I have had enough energy to accomplish anything out of the ordinary.

But I have good news!  After starting to paint my bedroom nearly a year ago, I have finally finished the job!  Everything has been cleaned up and put back in place.  A very big thank you to my spouse who lived in the mess without complaining...much.   ;)

I also cleaned up and reorganised the garage last month.  And I cleaned up the back yard and transplanted a couple flower beds.

Next on my list is defrosting the big freezer and reorganizing and painting the storage room.  Did I say paint???  Won't start this until the middle of September because I just want to enjoy the new bedroom for now.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: slccom on August 22, 2014, 10:11:05 PM
Way to go, Carebear! We finally are getting insurance payments. Then we can get going.
Sharon
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Bucky on August 23, 2014, 07:24:58 PM
Woohoo . . . pizza (fresh out of the oven) all around in celebration of Carebear finishing her painting project in the bedroom!!  Congrats!

We STILL have a bedroom here in our house that only has primer on it and has never been painted and we've lived here 23 yrs.!!!   :o  Carebear . . . since you are in the painting mood, any chance you can come to IL and paint a bedroom for me?!?   ;)

Carebear - you've been busy and I'm sure it feels good to see the fruits of your labor both inside and outside the house.   :D

Sharon - I bet you're glad to finally get going on your basement and get everything back together again.

I am happy to report, that we got a new water heater (the old one lasted 23 yrs., and hadn't quit or anything, we decided to replace it BEFORE something happened to it).  We also had to get a new water softener as it quit on us (we have well water that is pretty rough on it).

With all the new stuff around the house, we should be good for a long time now (knock on wood).  If we get 15-20+ yrs. out of everything like we have had in the past, we'll be doing good.  It just seemed like everything got old at the same time and needed to be replaced.

I'm embarrassed to say that I'm still dragging my feet on finishing up that last 5% of stuff from all the remodeling.  It seems something else always comes up that needs to be taken care of, and I just keep putting it off.

However, with that being said, I "hope" within the next two weeks to get my side of the garage cleaned from items we have out there from the remodel so I can park my new car in there.  We went and picked it up today.   :)

I know life gets busy for us all - plus, the fact we all have Sjogren's to deal with to add into the mix - but, slow and steady and we'll get 'er done. 

Good luck everyone with all your projects.   :D

Bucky
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: Carebear on August 23, 2014, 09:40:15 PM
Oh Bucky, thanks for the invite to IL!  I haven't visited there yet.  But my paint brush and roller have been hung up for an undetermined period of time.  But I will keep that in mind.   ;)

I even bought two prints for the room to really spiff it up.  Can hardly believe I live here it's so pretty.  And it took me 20 years to get it that way.

Sharon, I am so happy for you.  It must be such a relief to get things moving after all this time.

Bucky, you got yourself a new vehicle!  How exciting!   Definitely need to park that baby in the garage.
Title: Re: 2014 - Juggling Life Club (formerly New Leaf Club)
Post by: quietdynamics on August 24, 2014, 09:28:48 AM
Bucky.. listed Moms' home June 1st.. saw the concrete under h/w heater was wet?

Realtor checked.. some rust underneath.. not even two weeks later.. kaplooweee.

Fortunately, clean and clear basement with french drains.. $$$ ouch.

So this week we spent 3 days there cutting back dead small branches, trimming trees. Love light weight battery opereated power tools, until my hands start tingling.. grrrr. DH cleaning gutters..home is a ranch. My job handing DH milk and M&M's. Going back this week to do metal blinds, etc.,  take granddaughter to beach before school starts.   

Had Great Room painted... along right side of fireplace water damage?  :'(
DH up at roof doing gutters checked chimney.. so wood damage, where it meets roof line.. showing flashing,  .5 -1 inch. Do you think insurance will cover?  $$$ ouch. 

Homefront here: company in Oct.. cleaned room they will use to the bones. Took me a week with all the rests and start/stop waiting for furniture to be moved to do carpet. Still loving the "All Terrain Floor Cleaner" (Carpet and bare floors). Switched to Resolve cleaner.. colored drink on light carpet.. sheesh. 
Put up side panels (curtains) up to the ceiling to floor for a long, clean look.. shades are linen cellular..
Clean out closet and dresser.. totally and put 2 storage in bins.  (1 winter clothes/ 1 winter blankets) Little granddaughter likes to pull things out and push into closet. So bins out of sight .. out of mind.
Carpet is off white, light denim blue sheets, light grey dust ruffle, pair of Ikea panels tress/birds and kiwi accent pillows on a denim and linen print futon.  Big round twig basket for granddaughter play things and her laundry twig  basket. *Accent pillow covers are pillowcases tucked in.. I saw how they were tucked at motels on our trip and used the idea.. so I can change color anytime.  :D