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Wednesday, July 7, 2021 10:41 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Over at my buddy's dad's house today helping with a few things and he had a piece of lumber, pre-primed, that I think will be PERFECT for the build out I have to do on the cabinet door. He told me to take it and cut off what I needed and bring the rest back.



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Thursday, July 8, 2021 2:39 AM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Also cherry experiment is so far so good. I have eaten one and it has now been over half an hour and no reaction. So maybe a little bit of cherries is possible now.



sounds like positive news, both about the potential new doc and also about the cherries.

I was wondering how both of those issues were working out!

And good to hear that your weather is less fire-prone.

I sure hope the Canadian fires have been put out by rain.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 2:46 AM

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Over at this end, I'm down to 400 mg ibuprofen in the AM. A couple of days ago I took the dog on a longer walk than usual and delivered some zucchini and tomatoes to some friends of mine, and *cautiously and slowly* weeded and pruned some in the front yard, and was still fine in the evening. Today I got up with some serious twinges but took ibuprofen and took the dog for an even LONGER walk and managed to go out with dear daughter and help her plant some of the sunflower seeds she was so interested in seeing grow. (Advertized as PINK sunflowers. We shall see!)

So, albeit slowly and backward steps, recovering.



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Thursday, July 8, 2021 8:40 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I cut the piece and glued/brad nailed it on before putting on the spackle.

It's going to be perfect once it's painted and that door is finally installed.


I'm still using that bucket of spackle I started using on the baseboards on my second floor over a year ago. Knowing what I know now, I would have put water in there when I was done using it a year ago. It gummed up really bad and lost most of the pink color, but you can put it on a pan with water and mix it up good and it still works.

The only problem now is that a lot of it doesn't mix well and it's more difficult to work with than fresh stuff, so I had to put more on than I would have liked to to fill in that new piece today. No biggie... just more sanding. It works great on brad nail holes though. Had I put in water from the beginning I don't think it would be as difficult to work with now.

Just a little trick I figured out a while back with the tub of wood putty (that it works on too).


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Thursday, July 8, 2021 9:03 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I can't remember Sigs...

I know you have a much more varied diet than mine, but did you ever try reducing your gluten intake?

It's not the miracle cure that I once thought it was since after I was laid off and not getting that great workout every night some of the constant aches and pains have slowly crept back into my life over time, but usually it's only in the morning when I wake up and is gone after I move around a bit. It's also not every day either. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I've been sleeping on a futon since I got rid of the big comfy couch when I dehoarded.

I still think that being (mostly) gluten free has had a great impact on my quality of life.

I say "mostly", because I never make anybody cook anything special for me and I will eat gluten if out with friends and family. I just don't need to be making it for myself is all, and since most of the stuff I eat is what I cook I don't.



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Thursday, July 8, 2021 12:10 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Got my lawn mowed despite the warning of rain.

It was still a little wet from whatever we got last night, but it's all good.


Going to sand down that new post I put in the cab so I can get the first coat of paint on. Probably won't have the last door installed tonight, but it should be ready to put on tomorrow.



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Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:24 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
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Originally posted by Brenda:
Also cherry experiment is so far so good. I have eaten one and it has now been over half an hour and no reaction. So maybe a little bit of cherries is possible now.



sounds like positive news, both about the potential new doc and also about the cherries.

I was wondering how both of those issues were working out!

And good to hear that your weather is less fire-prone.

I sure hope the Canadian fires have been put out by rain.

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*fingers crossed* on the doc issue. I want to call a couple more places today.

Where I am is getting some heavy cloud cover though no rain.

As for the rest of BC. Still fires but a slight cooling of temperatures as for the rain not a whole lot. Need some real heavy rains to make a dent in these fires right now.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 1:25 PM

BRENDA


Out for my walk.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 4:52 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


2 coats of paint on it and it's been drying really well with the fan on it. Looks great. I think I can get that door up tonight after all.


I cut out my hardboard to put the topper on the bottom of the cabinet and it looks great. I decided not to go to the trouble of priming and painting it and I'm just going to leave it as it is.

I went to the dollar store and was hoping to find some sort of plastic with a high lip on it to hold all the cleaning products in case one of them leaks, but I couldn't find anything in the storage section... But then I walked by the pet aisle and saw the kitty litter boxes.

Perfect.

I'm giving away a few cleaning products I never use, and the rest of them are all down there and finally off of my coat closet floor.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 5:49 PM

BRENDA


I let my computer do two different updates today. Should be good for a while.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 5:51 PM

BRENDA


One place was a call back and they have a nurse practitioner that is taking on patients but the other place is doing nothing.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 8:41 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Final door installed.



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Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:34 PM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Final door installed.



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Pictures! Your audience demands pictures!



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Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:50 PM

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Had to stop off at Pep Boys for new wiper blades 'cause one just shredded. Drop off some mail at USPS (we no longer trust the mailbox since some checks were stolen, modified, and cashed).

Picked up Rx (still trying to find a doctor who will fill in for dear daughters recently deceased Neuro to write Rx on an emergency basis) and the usual 2-store weekly grocery shopping.

Those were dear daughter's and my errands for the day.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:55 PM

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I got work tomorrow. She called me Tuesday and I said yes. I always call her back when she calls me so early in the week just incase something changes her end, which it didn't.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:57 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I can't remember Sigs...

I know you have a much more varied diet than mine, but did you ever try reducing your gluten intake?

It's not the miracle cure that I once thought it was since after I was laid off and not getting that great workout every night some of the constant aches and pains have slowly crept back into my life over time, but usually it's only in the morning when I wake up and is gone after I move around a bit. It's also not every day either. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I've been sleeping on a futon since I got rid of the big comfy couch when I dehoarded.

I still think that being (mostly) gluten free has had a great impact on my quality of life.

I say "mostly", because I never make anybody cook anything special for me and I will eat gluten if out with friends and family. I just don't need to be making it for myself is all, and since most of the stuff I eat is what I cook I don't.



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And he who is not sufficiently courageous to defend his soul — don’t let him be proud of his ‘progressive’ views, and don’t let him boast that he is an academician or a people’s artist, a distinguished figure or a general. Let him say to himself: I am a part of the herd and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and kept warm.

What's going on right now is an injury of some sort, not the usual aches and pains.

I'm allergic to so many foods ... and probably many I don't know about... it's hard to say which ones are causing the "usual" aches and pains. I was tested for allergy to wheat as well as sensitivity to gluten (two different blood tests) and wheat is the one thing I apparently DON'T have a problem with!

Potatoes, rice, beef, tomato,lettuce, orange, coffee ... yep to all of those. I could try taking gluten out of my diet but not sure I'd notice a big difference, seeing as I'm prolly allergic to other stuff too.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:08 PM

1KIKI

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Originally posted by Brenda:
One place was a call back and they have a nurse practitioner that is taking on patients but the other place is doing nothing.

Hey, I'm just being nosy, but do you at least have a good supply of meds to cover you while you're on the hunt for a new doc?

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:10 PM

1KIKI

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Final door installed.



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And he who is not sufficiently courageous to defend his soul — don’t let him be proud of his ‘progressive’ views, and don’t let him boast that he is an academician or a people’s artist, a distinguished figure or a general. Let him say to himself: I am a part of the herd and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and kept warm.

Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:


Pictures! Your audience demands pictures!



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I agree!!!

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:27 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



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Originally posted by SIGNYM:

What's going on right now is an injury of some sort, not the usual aches and pains.

Every time I've had a significant acute back problem, as opposed to the chronic pains, it seems like it's never been triggered by the same thing twice, and it doesn't come up the same way every time. Sometimes it's a slow, weeks-long buildup of pain till it reaches an incapacitating point. Sometimes I do something insignificant but the pain doesn't show up for over a day. Sometimes I do something insignificant (and it's ALWAYS insignificant! a less-than-nothing motion) but I get punished right away. And sometimes it's gone in a day. But other times it hangs on for months. And sometimes rest does the trick. But other times gentle motion, like sitting on a chair and pulling weeds, will help it out. And sometimes the exact same gentle motion makes it much, much worse.

I've never quite gotten a bead on the particulars. I end up having to 'try everything'.

So, I think I damaged some things in a couple of different spots many years ago, with actual tissue damage, and that's some of what I feel in the daily background (tight scar tissue, popped disc, damage-induced arthritis). And I know I have disc problems (as seen on MRI). And I have some spinal arthritis, maybe by now a lot of it. But when it gets bad I don't THINK I've done any significant damage, it's just a spasming muscle or a pinched a nerve.

How about you Signy? If you had to guess, what do you think is going on?

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:52 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I can't remember Sigs...

I know you have a much more varied diet than mine, but did you ever try reducing your gluten intake?

It's not the miracle cure that I once thought it was since after I was laid off and not getting that great workout every night some of the constant aches and pains have slowly crept back into my life over time, but usually it's only in the morning when I wake up and is gone after I move around a bit. It's also not every day either. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I've been sleeping on a futon since I got rid of the big comfy couch when I dehoarded.

I still think that being (mostly) gluten free has had a great impact on my quality of life.

I say "mostly", because I never make anybody cook anything special for me and I will eat gluten if out with friends and family. I just don't need to be making it for myself is all, and since most of the stuff I eat is what I cook I don't.



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And he who is not sufficiently courageous to defend his soul — don’t let him be proud of his ‘progressive’ views, and don’t let him boast that he is an academician or a people’s artist, a distinguished figure or a general. Let him say to himself: I am a part of the herd and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and kept warm.

What's going on right now is an injury of some sort, not the usual aches and pains.

I'm allergic to so many foods ... and probably many I don't know about... it's hard to say which ones are causing the "usual" aches and pains. I was tested for allergy to wheat as well as sensitivity to gluten (two different blood tests) and wheat is the one thing I apparently DON'T have a problem with!

Potatoes, rice, beef, tomato,lettuce, orange, coffee ... yep to all of those. I could try taking gluten out of my diet but not sure I'd notice a big difference, seeing as I'm prolly allergic to other stuff too.



It's not really an allergy thing though. I know it is for some people, but really we all just eat way too much gluten. Like WAY too much.

I'm kind of an all or nothing guy. I really need to just keep it out of my house. If I had 4 boxes of Mac and Cheese in the cabinets, and 3 frozen pizzas in the freezer, I'd be eating Mac and Cheese and pizza for dinner every night this week instead of the more healthy stuff I eat now.


Too much gluten leads to a lot of inflammation. Really, we don't need to be eating it at all... but it is damn delicious. I'm not saying cut it out completely, but you might be surprised.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:59 PM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Final door installed.



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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:


Pictures! Your audience demands pictures!



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OK. You twisted my arm.

Still don't want to show off the whole place since we've got some people here I don't want seeing the whole thing, but this should give you an idea. (You can right click and view image to see them blown up)

This is what it looked like at the beginning of the year under the sink.


The mis-matched "plates" on either side of the fake drawer under the sink were not wide enough, too tall and not even stained the same color or hit with poly after the stain. On either side of them, there were blocks of wood nailed to the sides of the openings to cover the gaps.

Obviously, that left drawer would have been unusable with the dishwasher in there, and the right drawer only would go halfway out with the fridge in the way, but it makes no damn sense to take the drawers out, only to cap them off with different sized wood. I can't even imagine what they were thinking.

I've stripped off that baseboard and removed the vinyl tiles. I haven't made up my mind about what I'm doing with them yet.

You can see the doors under the sink weren't installed at even heights... Not good when they're the only two doors in the whole kitchen that practically touch each other when they're closed.

The door to the right of the sink was the heavily cracked and damaged door that needed to be glued and clamped and required a few extra coats of paint. (It was "closed" there, but it never fully closed. I actually had to install one of those magnet do-dads years ago to even get it to close that much)

The door to the left was the one with the 2 stubborn stains.

What you can't really see in the original picture is how badly damaged the fronts of the bottom cabinets were toward the toe kick (baseboard). I wasn't originally going to use the corner guard to trim them out like I did on the top cabinets to make them all appear even, but I'm glad I took the extra effort.

Oh god... and that gross hardware...

I didn't actually take an after picture of the whole thing (I need to), but I had one that focused mainly on the under-sink action.



I don't think those doors could possibly be any more even than they are now.

Eventually I'll make new drawers.



Oh... and that was all brushed by hand with a paint brush, inside and out. I'm terrible at sprayers, and despite everybody and their brother telling me to use rollers on the cabinets I didn't want to use rollers on the cabinets.



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Friday, July 9, 2021 12:09 AM

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So awesome!!!





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Friday, July 9, 2021 12:18 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Thankee.

It's so awesome finally being done with the bulk of the cabs and being able to look at the rest of the stuff in terms of smaller, much more manageable projects.


I absolutely hate my beat up countertop. It was probably the best looking thing in the kitchen before the work was done, but now it's an outdated eyesore.

I've been doing some research and I think I have a solution that will cost me around $100 to resurface it and make it look like black granite. It's actually cheaper than that, but I want to put on about 4 or 5 coats of polyurethane to really protect it when it's done.

Rustoleum makes a product that seems REALLY nice for in between $200 and $250, but I can't find any store anywhere that has the black in stock and since it is a process that makes a HUGE mess, it's probably something I should have done before the cabinets anyhow.

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Friday, July 9, 2021 5:27 AM

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Wow, those look like brand new, high-quality cabinets, SIX! It's easy to hid flaws and misalignments with wood grain to confuse the eye, but when they're all painted a solid color imperfections really show up. But it all looks crisp and clean and solid.

I'm impressed, and you should be rightly proud.

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Friday, July 9, 2021 9:21 AM

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Wow, those look like brand new, high-quality cabinets, SIX! It's easy to hid flaws and misalignments with wood grain to confuse the eye, but when they're all painted a solid color imperfections really show up. But it all looks crisp and clean and solid.



That's exactly what I was telling people when I started this. lol

There were countless imperfections on those cabinets that I'd never even noticed after 10 years of living with them. Not just the damage to the fronts of the cabs and doors from wear and tear over the years, but the fact that none of the upper cabinets were installed at even heights or depths and the HUGE gaps that created where the corner lazy susans met the adjoining cabinets. These gaps were so deep they required small backer rod to be meticulously nailed in place before several applications of caulk that required very time consuming sanding in between before paint could be put on.

I knew going in that I needed to do something to hide this on the bottom of those cabinets and the idea for that corner guard trim was something I came up with in the middle of January but didn't even start installing until May.


If you were to go over everything with a magnifying glass, there are still minor imperfections here and there to be sure, but we're talking super minor compared to what everything initially looked like, and even painted white most people would never notice them.


To me, the best part of the cabinets are still what's on the inside, so it's really a shame that they all are going to be covered up most of the time. Using caulk and backer rod after I stripped and sanded the insides and before I painted them was the key.

Whoever pulls those down decades from now is going to have a bitch of a time. You see, I took out all of the screws mounting them to the wall one at a time, hit the holes with a countersink bit before screwing them back in tight, and then I filled the holes with wood putty and sanded them down before primer and paint.... along with about a billion other holes, scratches and dents.



One of these days I should put up a video of the lazy susans in action. I think out of the entire job, that's the crown jewel.

Those things were disgusting, and they were so rough to spin that you'd only get about a 3/4 turn before they stopped and they were LOUD!!!!

Now that they're all fixed up and greased I can make both of them spin like Wheel of Fortune and they'll keep going on their own for about a minute without a peep.



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I'm impressed, and you should be rightly proud.



Thank you.

It's one of those things that most people would never do. I've only spent about $500 so far in the kitchen if you don't include tools that I'll have for the rest of my life for other projects. But I've easily logged over 1,200 hours working on the kitchen at this point, and we're still far from finished with it.

I'll bet when my neighbors see the finished project they'll tell me that I should go into business doing that like they were telling me when I spent 3 weeks and $600 resurfacing my driveway.

But nobody could ever afford me. Even if I did it for minimum wage, which I'd never do, we're already looking about about $10,000 in labor.

Not only that, but if I were working on their kitchen they wouldn't have cabinets for 7 months and would probably have to have me living there the entire time too.



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Friday, July 9, 2021 9:40 AM

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I think what I'm going to do today is clean my big window in the living room again, and put up a few layers of that window vinyl on the bottom 3/5ths of the big center window, which would be more than enough to keep prying eyes out but allow me to look out and will still let all the sunlight in.

I'd decided against doing this last year when I saw how nice the maple tree looked when you opened the blinds, but my dad talked me back into doing it the last time he was here. That's the only blind I have left in the house, and it was probably the cheapest one on the rack (still probably quite expensive though). My dad kind of knows about these things because he has the top of the line system in his living room and a middle-of-the-road set on his back porch, which he says is way higher quality than mine are.

Plus about 3 of them broke and don't turn, so it's a hassle even using them, and they're beyond gross at this point.

Then whenever I sell the house down the road there will be no wall or window trim damage from racks that the new owners might not even like and they'll have a fresh canvas to do what they'd like with it.




Oh... BTW... I know that some of you were interested in that stuff when I said I was going to use it last year.

Inside the house, it looks just as good a year later as when I first put it up, and none of the corners are peeling off of the 13 windows I put them on.

You just REALLY need to make sure that the windows are clean and streak free before you start, and spend some time with that water bottle getting the window and the back of the film wet and using the credit card to get out all of the bubbles as you go along.



The garage window is another story unfortunately though. When I painted that a few weeks ago on the outside, I noticed that several of the corners had peeled and are now pretty filthy on the back.

But I think it was designed for indoor use with a certain temperature range in mind. If I had a climate controlled garage that didn't freeze, I don't think there would have been a problem out there either.

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Friday, July 9, 2021 11:27 PM

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One place was a call back and they have a nurse practitioner that is taking on patients but the other place is doing nothing.

Hey, I'm just being nosy, but do you at least have a good supply of meds to cover you while you're on the hunt for a new doc?



Yes, kiki. My old doctor gave me scripts for a whole year for both my seizure meds and thyroid. So I am fine on that account.

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Friday, July 9, 2021 11:30 PM

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Beautiful work Six.

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Friday, July 9, 2021 11:32 PM

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Fell a sleep during a bit of the news this evening after supper. Got home from work after 4pm.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021 8:46 AM

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Beautiful work Six.



Thanks Brenda.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021 1:13 PM

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Out for my walk.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021 6:23 PM

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Privacy film up, vertical blinds out of my life forever...



Just a lot of general cleanup and re-org today other than that. Going through that huge box of things from the kitchen I haven't looked at for 7 months and deciding what I'm going to keep.

I was going to clean out the oven today, but it's already getting late and I don't really feel like it now. I haven't opened that thing in a year since my brother was here, so what's the rush?

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Saturday, July 10, 2021 10:51 PM

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Never did get around to cleaning that oven, but my aunt needs help with something online tomorrow so I told her to bring grams over too and we'll get lunch. So I ended up working on really cleaning everything and getting all of my tools and work stuff in the basement or garage where they belong. Now that I made those extra 3 bench/shelves, it's all organized downstairs.

My kitchen and living room are practically empty now. I don't think the house has ever been this clean. :)

Going to leave the minor bathroom cleanup for tomorrow morning before they get here, and maybe I'll make that oven my project for tomorrow.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 8:51 AM

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Yesterday I handed a sponge and bucket to dear daughter and showed her how to start dusting. Starting with the diningroom table that she had left lots and lots of stuff on, and going to the computer table and desk which she has ALSO left lots of stuff on, and explained - once again, for the hundreth time - that it's impossible to clean when everything is so cluttered.


Since she never had to deal with her mess in practical terms, everything I said on the topic went in one ear and out the other. Well, now she's gonna have to deal with it.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 9:09 AM

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It's true... you can't really accomplish much, dusting or vacuuming around a million things.

This was the first good vacuuming my living room and kitchen has seen in seven months. It's difficult enough to move all of the stuff around that needs to be in a room to properly clean, let alone try to do it around all of the stuff that doesn't need to be there.

Maybe it's time to drop off more stuff at Goodwill Sigs?

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 9:19 AM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
It's true... you can't really accomplish much, dusting or vacuuming around a million things.

This was the first good vacuuming my living room and kitchen has seen in seven months. It's difficult enough to move all of the stuff around that needs to be in a room to properly clean, let alone try to do it around all of the stuff that doesn't need to be there.

Maybe it's time to drop off more stuff at Goodwill Sigs?

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It's not my stuff. If it was, it would be gone years ago.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 10:06 AM

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I won't pretend to know what it's like to deal with somebody else's... stuff. Either literally or figuratively.

Our possessions really do bog us down though.


Super proud of my friend who finally cleared out his garage. More could go for sure, but 2/3rds of the junk he had in there is gone and you can actually put a car in it now.

He and his dad have a LOT of sentimental attachments to things though. He's got 4 bikes in that tiny garage, and his dad has 7 bikes. I can't convince either of them to get rid of any of them.

One of my friend's bikes is a Mongoose he got when he was a kid and he had a story about how he cleaned it all up and chromed it (It's a kid's bike... he'll never ride it again himself). The second one is the mountain bike he rode with his son when he'd have him on the weekends (he tells me that he just rode it last year, but I don't know how true that is). The third one is the kids bike that his son would ride with him (I just attended his son's high school graduation 2 weeks ago... he'll never ride that bike again). The fourth bike is a mountain bike he got for his fiancee (she's never once ridden it).

As for his dad, there are two nice mountain bikes they've got. He's still in great shape, but his wife could use the exercise. They probably should keep those with the intent of actually using them when the hoard gets cleaned. But the other 5 bikes are rusty old Schwinns. He told me that they're worth a few hundred bucks a piece. I told him that I wouldn't take all five of them off his hands for $5. He laughed. They sat there for days before the party. Garbage day came and went. Now they're sitting at the very front of his overstuffed shed and he has to reach over to get stuff again or pull them out if what he wants isn't in reach.



I can't judge too hard though. I didn't throw most of that stuff from the kitchen out. I got rid of about half of my grilling stuff (in a box now for Goodwill), but I still have 4 plates and about 8 utensils. I don't even have a working grill (It's now been repurposed as the place I burn mail once per year) and the last time I grilled was easily over 6 years ago. I really, really wanted to get rid of that stuff...

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 2:52 PM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Signy, I feel kind of sorry for both you in having to deal with the problem, as well as 'dd' in having it. I've watched Hoarders quite a bit trying to figure what's going on with them. Sometimes you'll have a perfectly normal looking/ acting/ talking person who has very reasonable-sounding rationalizations for what they do ... until you see the hoard itself and realize the endpoint of all that apparent reasonableness. But other times there are people who are actually somewhat demented, who don't have that superstructure of reasonable-sounding thought for what they do, who still hoard. Sometimes it's a life-long tendency. And sometimes it's a recent development after a trauma. But I've only ever seen 1 person truly reform internally. Whatever is going on, clearly it's a deep-seated, diverse process, that drives hoarding, which seems to be driven to assuage some serious internal stress and discomfort.

It doesn't at all help, but I just wish there was an answer for 'dd', because that would be a great answer for both of you. Otherwise, I imagine you'll both be in a state of long-standing stress, and neither of you will be truly comfortable or happy.


That aside, I've also been watching Hot Mess House about organizing. And it's taken a while, but I'm finally figuring out what the person means by their organizing system. She thinks that there are 4 basic types of organizing depending on whether one is likes to see everything, or not; and whether one likes detailed organizing, or organizes in broad chunky categories.

Now, I happen to think that could be a simplistic characterization of a mosaic of background processes. For example, if one doesn't process visual data smoothly a lot of clutter could lead to stress from being overwhelmed by the input. OTOH if the person has an anxiety about forgetting what they have, they might be trying to counter-act 'out of sight, out of mind' insecurity. But then there's also the mental process of becoming 'accommodated' to a situation so that you fail to consciously 'see' it after a while - to 'notice' it. Also, some people don't categorize that well, maybe because instead they have an excellent memory, so they don't need rules for finding their stuff. And so on.

But anyway, her idea is is that people develop messes because they don't have systems that feel natural to them for quickly and easily dealing with their stuff.

I personally like more visual simplicity as opposed to looking at a lot of 'stuff'. But there's a limit even for me about how much simplicity I like! A totally empty stark white room is NOT my idea of heaven!

And I have different limits for different things. I'm far more tolerant of visual complexity in a natural environment than in a dwelling. So I really don't like the visual intricacy of a temperate rainforest ...

... but I also don't like the simplicity of sand dunes

or snowfields

... and this is about my visual comfort level.

And by everything I've ever read, this may be yours.


Anyway, aside from visual complexity/ reminding; when it comes to organizing, I'm of the 'into larger chunks' categories; but I'm even more particular about WHERE things are than HOW they're organized. 'Store it where you use it', 'keep it between waist and shoulder high', and 'drawers below, shelves above' are my ideals; also, since my area is very dusty, open shelves are NOT an ideal of mine. (Which is why I think the organizing system is too broad to capture what truly works for people.)




Anyway, maybe this might work - in the end, perhaps 'dd' would be OK with keeping broad categories of things in open baskets (or bins or open boxes), maybe even with labels. And maybe limit what gets kept to what fits in each box, so that at some point to put more in, other stuff needs to go out. The bins may be a solution for corralling the mess. Even if the struggle to dehoard them is harder to deal with.




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Sunday, July 11, 2021 3:33 PM

1KIKI

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So, how is your back doing Signy?

I hope it's feeling better, and that you don't believe your episodes of pain are due to any significant injury or deteriorated condition.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 5:01 PM

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I'm going to look up that Hot Mess show. I could probably benefit from seeing somebody else's organizational skills in action.

For the most part, I like the out of sight/out of mind thing, except for when it comes to things I use all of the time. Those things I like having at the ready in places where they make sense.

I also like to buy certain things I end up using a LOT of in bulk. This can become somewhat problematic though. Since I have no good place to store anything more than a reasonable amount of toliet paper, I had to put the large amount of overflow in one of the deep cabinets to the left of the kitchen sink behind the surplus of paper towel. The way I use TP, I won't run out of it for 3 years if I didn't buy any more. Even with the huge bump to the paper towel usage during dehoarding/cleaning and the remodeling, I think it would still take 2 years for me to go through what I've got.

Then there's the large coffee containers, and the 12 boxes of jumbo sized cereal. And 8 boxes of 60w equivalent light bulbs that I still have when I was able to snag them for a buck a piece at the old job... etc., etc., etc...

Tools, for the most part, can go in the garage. But when I'm using them all the time like I am now, it doesn't make sense to keep bringing them out there. Paint/caulk/mud/etc. needs to stay inside so it doesn't freeze in winter... so I've got 6 shelving units I built out of some really nice pallets that I made to hold them. Fine for now, but eventually that room is supposed to be a bedroom and it won't be good to have dirty shelves in it.



I still need to go through my clothes again and get rid of what I don't wear. I got rid of half of them last year but since then I'm sure I haven't worn more than 30% of what I saved. But before I go rushing to do it I do need to keep in mind that during the lockdowns my behavior was different than normal, so maybe I will still wear some of that stuff.

And all that stuff I put in boxes in the attic? Probably 15 boxes worth of stuff and only 1 box I've ever opened up since they went up there. Aside from some tech stuff for a project I want more than anything to get back to, I probably couldn't really even tell you what was in most of them now off the top of my head. So why am I still keeping it?



I've got two rooms in this house that are completely empty now except for the closets and I could probably still get rid of 40% more of my stuff and not have any regrets.


Except for my tools and my bulk buys of stuff I regularly use, my end goal would be to get rid of everything (including furniture) that wouldn't fit in a single bedroom apartment.

There is no reason for a single guy to fill up a huge house just because he has the space to do it. Getting rid of all of that shit was one of the best things I've ever done, and all of the work I've been doing since then never would have even started if I was still bogged down with all that crap.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 9:03 PM

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I started cleaning that oven...

Hoo boy.

I knew there was a reason I've never cleaned an oven before. Cleaning ovens sucks.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 11:22 PM

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Little more retyping on my book done today along with some music to listen too.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 11:35 PM

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Still dry where I am but a lot cooler. Too many fires burning in my province. It is a mess.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 11:57 PM

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Yeah ... snow, rain, fog, damp, chill ... as dreary and uncomfortable as they are, they're how you pay for all the pretty green. Without it you'd be like us, here in SoCal.

If there's a Camelot, where one gets all the benefits and none of the drawbacks, I don't know where it might be.


FWIW every time I hear about record heat ... and fires ... anywhere ... I cringe. That's our inevitable global future.

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Monday, July 12, 2021 3:55 AM

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So, how is your back doing Signy?

I hope it's feeling better, and that you don't believe your episodes of pain are due to any significant injury or deteriorated condition.

I think it was an injury and possibly a significant one. I think the reason why I have those "two steps back" days is bc I keep re-injuring whatever I injured in the first place. I keep imagining a bulging or ruptured disc. But, if I'm very careful with my back and go slow (which gives me time to notice that I'm fucking up) then I can manage a number of "good" days in a row, albeit restricted from bending to the ground too much.

To give you an example, one early morning I woke with my back twinging. But by taking some time to figure out exactly WHICH sleep posture alleviated back/butt/groin pain (on my back, r leg extended and l foot under my r knee for some elevation) I was able to get back to sleep and wake back up a lot more comfortable than the first time.

So, hopefully, if I manage a LOT of good days in a row, eventually I'll be healed.

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Monday, July 12, 2021 4:12 AM

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DD's issue is a neuroglogical problem. Without going into too much detail, her problem is organizational. She has a hard time categorizing things, events, feelings, memories, which makes everything a jumble for her.

On top of that, because she make so little sense of what she sees (eyes are fine but perception is poor) she remembers things by how they feel. Physically. In her hands. Like a blind person. So pictures of past items are poor substitute for memory.

I feel like I understand her problem quite well. All I can do is keep working on improving her organizational skills and hope that eventually it will spillover into memory retrieval.

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Monday, July 12, 2021 7:31 AM

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So, how is your back doing Signy?
I hope it's feeling better, and that you don't believe your episodes of pain are due to any significant injury or deteriorated condition.

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I think it was an injury and possibly a significant one. I think the reason why I have those "two steps back" days is bc I keep re-injuring whatever I injured in the first place. I keep imagining a bulging or ruptured disc. But, if I'm very careful with my back and go slow (which gives me time to notice that I'm fucking up) then I can manage a number of "good" days in a row, albeit restricted from bending to the ground too much.

To give you an example, one early morning I woke with my back twinging. But by taking some time to figure out exactly WHICH sleep posture alleviated back/butt/groin pain (on my back, r leg extended and l foot under my r knee for some elevation) I was able to get back to sleep and wake back up a lot more comfortable than the first time.

So, hopefully, if I manage a LOT of good days in a row, eventually I'll be healed.

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Many years ago I went in for VAX (vertebral axial decompression) (which I $$paid$$ for myself) 3 to 2 times per week, for a number of months. It's basically a slow, pulsed, gentle, graded traction along the length of your spine. (ie If you, say, pull at the neck and pelvis most of the traction will be at the endpoint discs with not much in the middle. But by putting one in a harness-type setup, you get an even pulling along the entire length of the spine.) It was a VERY pleasant treatment, with dimmed lights, pleasant music that was not too loud, a comfortable 'bed' to lie on with supports under my head and neck, and lower legs, and so on. And it may not be any more, but at the time it was a legitimate medical treatment, paid for by Medicaid, Medicare, and the Canadian medical system as well.

Anyway - VAX WORKED!!! (And then I injured my back again a few years later in another spot, and that completely undid all the good the VAX treatment originally did, plus added problems of its own.)

So I found out a few things about spine problems in broad layman's understanding.

Disc bulges, for example, may actually be reversed through treatment like VAX, or even will at times heal themselves. However, due to the experience of a co-worker I found out that a bulging disc can also impinge on nerves hard enough for long enough to cause permanent nerve damage. And then there are the little spinous processes that project off the protective 'cage' for your spinal cord that muscles attach to. Those can becomes fragile with osteoporosis and break off. And you may have heard of facet syndrome. And I recently found out that even fixed, immobile joints like the joint between the sacrum and the pelvis can actually develop arthritis just like a mobile joint like a knee.

Anyway, I think you should get it looked at, and get any kind of anti-inflammatory/ medication/ and/or physical therapy you can get. I really should have done that myself. I think it could save you a lot of current and even future pain and disability. I know someone that was in an accident and smashed their shoulder, and had it replaced with a metal one. And thanks to the physical therapy, these many decades later it's still in great shape and not causing problems.

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Monday, July 12, 2021 7:43 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
DD's issue is a neuroglogical problem. Without going into too much detail, her problem is organizational. She has a hard time categorizing things, events, feelings, memories, which makes everything a jumble for her.

On top of that, because she make so little sense of what she sees (eyes are fine but perception is poor) she remembers things by how they feel. Physically. In her hands. Like a blind person. So pictures of past items are poor substitute for memory.

I feel like I understand her problem quite well. All I can do is keep working on improving her organizational skills and hope that eventually it will spillover into memory retrieval.

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THUGR posts about Putin so much, he must be in love.

Do you think if you work with DD at developing open/ see-through bins for broad categories of items for storage, it may provide some mental practice in organizing and staying organized?


You may have seen the show Hoarders. Anyway, the woman who does Hot Mess House is a 'professional organizer' like the professional organizers they sometimes employ on Hoarders. And she said something interesting. Backing up a bit ... usually the first task in that show is 'decluttering', which means getting rid of a lot of stuff. It's the second step that's all about implementing an organizing system that's easy for that person to keep up. Anyway, on one show she told a lady that she could see the client was already anxious, and told her she could look at items to decide what to do with them, but not touch them, because once you touch something your emotions get all involved and it makes making decisions harder. And I rummaged through my memory of the Hoarders shows I've seen, and they usually parade items past the hoarder for a decision - but once the hoarder gets up and starts touching things the de-hoarding falls apart. That's just an observation, and I haven't figured out how it might be useful in your situation, but that may be what's going on.

Yeah, btw, even for me a photo isn't enough.

Also, I've been thinking about what happens when people keep too many things. And some of it may be due to an inability to deal with loss - parting from something permanently; or an inability to deal with lack - when you are missing something (or a lot of something) you feel you need. Anyway, I'm trying to puzzle it out into something that might be useful. To find areas of difficulty that might be broken down into small manageable steps.

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Monday, July 12, 2021 8:02 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


It's funny how the brain works and how different it can work for most of us compared to everybody else.

While you're daughter's perception of what she sees visually is lacking, she seems to have a hyper sense of tactile perception. There are people who have zero ability at all to use touch memory. (Imagine fumbling through your purse or pockets for something like keys and never being able to find them because without looking inside the things your touching have no meaning to you).

Then there's this woman whose brain takes that to the extreme...



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Monday, July 12, 2021 1:34 PM

BRENDA


Out for a walk in a bit.

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