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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16460 on: April 05, 2020, 10:39:35 am »
I've been doing small chores during the week while I work, so today I decided to do a full "Spring Cleaning".

I moved all the furniture and dusted and vacuumed behind it, I took the curtains off the windows, I took down the blinds and soaked them in the tub to get the dust off them, and I took all the (insert the word of your choosing) collectibles, knickknacks, tchotchkes off the shelves, cleaned them off, and dusted the shelves.  While I had the curtains and blinds down, I cleaned the inside and outside of the windows.

I ended up giving a total cleaning to the bedroom and living room, and some cleaning to the kitchen.

You would make somebody an awfully good housewife. Or at least housekeeper.
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16461 on: April 05, 2020, 12:02:43 pm »
I moved all the furniture and dusted and vacuumed behind it, I took the curtains off the windows, I took down the blinds and soaked them in the tub to get the dust off them, and I took all the (insert the word of your choosing) collectibles, knickknacks, tchotchkes off the shelves, cleaned them off, and dusted the shelves.  While I had the curtains and blinds down, I cleaned the inside and outside of the windows.

I ended up giving a total cleaning to the bedroom and living room, and some cleaning to the kitchen.

Wow, very thorough and impressive! I'm going to go through some kitchen drawers and cupboards today, throw out unneeded stuff and clean out the mouse poop.  :-X

Even more excitingly, I got a new vacuum! It replaces the klunky old semi-effective Dyson. It's light, thin, agile, cordless and has really good suction. Easy to store neatly, has two attachments. I have a dog and spring is shedding season, so I really need it. Most of my floors are wood, but this works equally well on any surface.

I already had a handheld one, which is pretty effective for small areas. But the Dyson upright has never been very good. I've had to take it into a vacuum repair shop a few times, during which time it switched owners, and both of them have chastised me for having a Dyson. Of course their shop sells vacuums with four-figure prices, which I would never buy. But they say Dysons are bad compared to similarly priced brands (my new one is a Shark). People think Dysons are good. Apparently they just have really effective commercials.

Partly because of Dyson's British accent. Americans think that signifies integrity of some kind. I have a former editor from England, and I've told him that when applying for jobs I'd use him as a reference because then I'd get the job for sure.  :laugh:




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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16462 on: April 05, 2020, 04:31:57 pm »
Well done on the spring cleaning, Chuck! Very thorough!

Now that you're done with yours, what about hopping over here to do mine as well?
My place could sure need it!
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16463 on: April 05, 2020, 05:09:00 pm »
I've cleaned out three drawers and two cabinets so far. Taken everything out, discarded what's not useful, the rest wiping with a hot soapy cloth and/or a spray of bleach water. I use these drawers so rarely (but they have stuff that's important when needed -- flashlights, a book with home repair cards, receipts for repairs, etc.) that I'm not really afraid of coronavirus but I'm also spraying bleach water into places with more mouse evidence. I had an exterminator out a couple of months ago but have not worked up the courage to look in those drawers  :-X

Getting it all edited and neatly boxed so that when I move I can just grab whole boxes instead of assorted little items.

Bleach water comes in really handy as a sanitizer. It's a quarter cup of Chlorox to a gallon of water. It's great for things like counters and even, potentially, food or food packages. Lightly spray it, let it dry. Done. You wouldn't want to drink bleach, but once it dries -- at least in a weak concentration like that -- it won't poison you.




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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16464 on: April 07, 2020, 08:07:45 pm »
Hiya BetterMost friends.



I hope everyone is doing well, or as well as can be expected.


Work has been a little busier lately, as we are working with the CARES act for businesses.  We'll be processing applications for this, and we have a training class on Friday for it.

The family is still doing well, and I am as well.  Limiting my time outside, and doing what I can to stay active.


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16465 on: April 07, 2020, 08:16:42 pm »
Hi brian, I watched a presentation about an astronomy trip to Australia and New Zealand during the holidays. The astronomer had 2 nights in Alice Springs and 3 nights in New Zealand planned, but because of clouds and smoke from the fires, he only got three photos of the stars and Magellanic clouds!

Chuck and everyone, glad you and your families are all safe and well.
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16466 on: April 07, 2020, 08:28:28 pm »
Apparently the big shortage now here is flour as people are home baking. I have never baked anything in my life so no problem for me.  I stewed and froze some rhubarb from my garden yesterday, that is testing my culinary abilities.

Interesting.  I haven't heard of that being an issue here, but it could be because I'm not looking for it.  Fortunately, most of the stuff I've needed to get, I've been able to buy it.

That is lovely, you found a good way to do this. :)
I will sure miss our extended families this Easter. :-\

Yeah, I will miss seeing extended family at the holiday, perhaps someone will do a reunion of some sort after the isolation is over.

You would make somebody an awfully good housewife. Or at least housekeeper.

LOL!  Actually, I most likely wouldn't.  I tend to clean in bursts.  Meaning I do the usual stuff to keep the place looking neat, but I wait until I get a burst to do other things like scrub the bathroom or clean the oven.  The reason I did that spring cleaning that weekend is because I the urge to do it, so I went with it.

Well done on the spring cleaning, Chuck! Very thorough!

Now that you're done with yours, what about hopping over here to do mine as well?  My place could sure need it!   I'll pay you in pearls!!!!  That's an offer I know you can't resist!

Oh, I'm sorry, but the urge has passed, so you missed it.  And since flying is out of the question now, you're even more out of luck.  :laugh:

I've cleaned out three drawers and two cabinets so far. Taken everything out, discarded what's not useful, the rest wiping with a hot soapy cloth and/or a spray of bleach water. I use these drawers so rarely (but they have stuff that's important when needed -- flashlights, a book with home repair cards, receipts for repairs, etc.) that I'm not really afraid of coronavirus but I'm also spraying bleach water into places with more mouse evidence. I had an exterminator out a couple of months ago but have not worked up the courage to look in those drawers  :-X

Getting it all edited and neatly boxed so that when I move I can just grab whole boxes instead of assorted little items.

Bleach water comes in really handy as a sanitizer. It's a quarter cup of Chlorox to a gallon of water. It's great for things like counters and even, potentially, food or food packages. Lightly spray it, let it dry. Done. You wouldn't want to drink bleach, but once it dries -- at least in a weak concentration like that -- it won't poison you.

I did a drawer thing as well.  One of my drawers was getting very full, and when I went through it, it was all my taxes for the past 7 years, my birth certificate, insurance paperwork, car paperwork, and stuff like that.   I found a storage box sitting in my closet, unused.   It looks like this.




I put all the paperwork in here and stored it away, and now the drawer is neat, and I know where to find all my paperwork.


Chuck and everyone, glad you and your families are all safe and well.


Thanks Lee!!!  How is everyone on your end?


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16467 on: April 07, 2020, 09:36:37 pm »
I did a drawer thing as well.  One of my drawers was getting very full, and when I went through it, it was all my taxes for the past 7 years, my birth certificate, insurance paperwork, car paperwork, and stuff like that.   I found a storage box sitting in my closet, unused.   It looks like this.




I put all the paperwork in here and stored it away, and now the drawer is neat, and I know where to find all my paperwork.

What is this box made of? It looks like plastic. I suggest considering getting something fireproof for important documents like your birth certificate, car title, insurance documents, and so forth.
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16468 on: April 08, 2020, 09:35:41 am »
What is this box made of? It looks like plastic. I suggest considering getting something fireproof for important documents like your birth certificate, car title, insurance documents, and so forth.

I have a metal one with birth certificates and a few other things. Car title is pretty easy to get a copy of -- you can walk into AAA (when there's not a pandemic), for instance, and walk out with one a few minutes later. Insurance documents I can also get pretty easily from the company's website.

I have ordered birth certificates, however, and they're more of a hassle. My passport is also expired, which is even more trouble to renew. I'm going to have to start collecting stuff like that in order to get my "real" ID by October, when it will be required to board a plane. Assuming anyone is flying by then and the airlines are still in business.

Chuck, do you get a discount on a safety deposit box? I've also used those for stuff like that.



 

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16469 on: April 11, 2020, 01:30:40 pm »
Hiya BetterMost friends.




Easter weekend is here.  ;D

Another week down in isolation.  As of yesterday it's been 22 days working from home (business days).  If you include weekends, tomorrow will be a full month of pretty much staying indoors, only going out when necessary.

I'll be going over to mom and dad's place tomorrow for Easter.  They've decided to support a local restaurant and we'll all be ordering Easter lunch from them.  I told my parents that I would bring dessert, and when I was at the grocery store last night, I got a 'variety cake' from the bakery section.   Of course, it's not as nice as a proper bakery's cake, but it will give everyone a choice to have a favorite, or try two or three different flavors, as long as the pieces are cut smaller.

This cake has Chocolate Fudge cake, Red Velvet cake, Carrot cake, and Caramel cake.



Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!