19 September 2017 @ 07:47 am
 
I've found a lot of little things lately and remind myself the little things make up clutter.

Last night I shipped a thing to my mom. I recently found a stash of half used tiny toothpaste tubes, so I am using them up--how kids can brush their teeth with bubble gum toothpaste all the time is beyond me--and I'm sure I'll use up the watermelon toothpaste they are currently ignoring. I have finished off two tiny shampoo bottles and am working on a third, all from my travel bag. On to the last bottle of body wash I don't particularly like, but it's soap and I don't actually mind it. Always gathering outgrown kid clothes to send to a friend--and make room for the handmedowns coming from another friend soon!

I reactivated a seller's account on amazon to sell a book. It's not worth much but it might be worth the effort.

I've made a list of things to sell to the consignment store, whenever I can make it there. One is particularly sentimental but no longer useful so I am working through those feelings. A friend will pick up a large baby thing soon (I hope soon) and I cannot wait to regain space from it! She will also take the excess of handmedowns as her kids are right behind mine, size-wise.

Last week I gave away an instrument case that didn't fit my instrument well, and I replaced it with a case that fits much better. This is a great investment and it takes up less space than the previous case!

In my travels, I am happy to report that I purchased only the case, 5 CDs, a hoodie and a picture for the kids, a lawn decoration already in place, and a collectible mug. This sounds like a lot, but in past years, I've come home with 10 CDs, shirts, yarns, scarves, etc. Instead of buying a jacket for me, I got my favorite hoodie embroidered so it feels new.
 
 
18 September 2017 @ 01:27 am
 Hi everyone! 

I succeeded in getting this community transferred to me since its previous administrator had been inactive for ages. 

Unfortunately, the fall semester has taken all my time, and one of my own cats has not been well. 

But out perhaps we can use this post now to start a discussion about what we like to see in a refreshed community.

What should DW's cat community be like?
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17 September 2017 @ 06:58 pm
Mirth, Marvel & Maud, Walthamstow, London E17

Hello RGL crew! It's that time of year again where we explore the new entries in the Good Beer Guide. Which means a whole bunch of new pub articles for you to peruse at your leisure:

- The Albion (plenty of real cider in Kingston)
- The Angel (the Wetherspoons close to Angel tube station)
- The Antwerp Arms (a community-owned pub in Tottenham)
- The Black Horse (dog-friendly pub on the Kingston/Norbiton borders)
- The Brewhouse and Kitchen (microbrewery in Highbury)
- The Cricketers (Stonegate pub beside Epsom Common)
- Cronx (bar in the Croydon Boxpark, run by the Cronx brewery)
- Draft House Old Street (fashionable outpost of the ever-growing chain)
- The Dundee Arms (gloomily lit, narrow pub in Bethnal Green)
- The Flag (large pub by Watford Junction station)
- The Greenwood Hotel (huge Wetherspoons in Northolt)
- The Greystoke (Greene King pub on the Ealing/West Acton border, but with a better beer selection than that would immediately suggest)
- The Hope (sounds like a pleasant place to watch the cricket in Richmond)
- Jono's (oddly-decorated pub in Ilford)
- The Midland Hotel (stained glass and hexagons in Hendon)
- Mirth, Marvel and Maud (see picture above - an Antic pub and performance space, in a converted cinema in Walthamstow)
- The Mitre (more stained glass, this time in North Sheen)
- The Mossy Well (Wetherspoons in Muswell Hill featuring a large model cow)
- The North Star (bare lightbulbs in Ealing)
- The Northcote (above average pizza in Leytonstone)
- The Shelverdine Goathouse (Antic pub in South Norwood)
- The Taproom (deep fried courgettes in Woolwich)

Next week there'll be some non-pub updates! Stay tuned...
 
 
17 September 2017 @ 10:16 pm
I completely missed Wednesday's post, for reasons that mostly had to do with trying to decrease my online time, so this report is going to have a full week's worth of rambling on decluttering!

Tuesday, I upended (carefully) a washbasket full of papers and bits that had been cleared off the kitchen table some weeks ago. About half was quickly dealt with and binned, the rest has been stacked for later. Thursday/Friday I read enough of three books to know that I wasn't going to keep them (I did finish one), and then Saturday I passed them to a friend. Saturday, I looked at the shelves in the lounge (one of those IKEA ones made of squares) and grouped like things together, and then filled a washbasket with items to show to the kids, to see whether we want to keep any of them. And today I drank the last cup of the very tasty, interesting, but not replaceable tea, thus emptying up a space in the tea drawer (goal: tea drawer ~ 2/3 full).

Somewhere during the week, I pulled out a box of incomplete craft projects, and Saturday I sat long enough to finish one of them! It needs blocking, and then taking to recipient, but it is done!

What about you? What one thing are you setting free today?
 
 
16 September 2017 @ 09:08 pm

A phone-style CR chart, one of which is inspired by Trails of Cold Steel

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15 September 2017 @ 09:30 pm
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I've been on a navigation code making kick after my last one, so here's another.

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15 September 2017 @ 07:48 pm
Well, this week we got rid of a big thing, but it did not make space in the house. We sold our 1989 Ford Aerostar van to a local auto recycler; it is still drivable, but the gas line is leaking (for the second time) and we did not want to spend cash to repair it. The recycler will probably strip it for parts - the engine block is fine; never a problem. Anyway, Thursday at 5:15pm the van was loaded on a big flatbed and driven away. It was Bill's band transport for many years so things were sad for a while.

We decided to do this on Tuesday; Wednesday is a free day for me, so we spent it clearing out the van. It had served as a storage locker for several years; driven when we needed to haul lumber or something else too big for the car. A lot of pillows and old blankets used for band equipment packing was removed and mostly junked. The console was full of old maps, coins, crushed boxes of kleenex, winter gloves, and other odds and ends, and dirt. The old bicycle pump was there, 6 plastic or rubber ponchos, 3 windshield brushes, several ice scrapers, mu old union jacket, a bag of towels stored for road needs, Bill's emergency road bag with towels, soap, toothpaste and brush, a flannel shirt, and who knows what else. Four tennis balls were in a side pocket, left from the 1990s when Bill had a lunchtime tennis game with some of my office mates. My jacket, the bike pump, 4 of the ponchos, the brushes and ice scrapers, the emergency bag, a bag of clean rags, the console, the old road atlas and a few other things either went into the car or came in the house for further inspection. The license plates went in the garage, in case we buy another vehicle while they are still good.

We park in the driveway; the garage would not hold both vehicles, or even one. So the driveway looks odd. The gravel the van parked on has a big white oval not yet covered in blown dirt. We will see how long that lasts. We did find that a mouse had at some time lived there; a nest was made in a hollow where a third seat was supposed to attach and there was a stash of seeds stored nearby. No sign of the occupant, though, so it may have been abandoned. I am sure it was a lovely house; no cats, dry, out of the wind, plenty of old pillows to chew.

Now I have to finish sorting the stuff removed. I may get all our cotton rags together and sort them for various purposes, and maybe get rid of some.
 
 
15 September 2017 @ 06:35 pm


Altair enjoys blankets.
 
 
Current Music: Takada Masafumi - Sweet Dreams
Current Mood: sick
 
 
15 September 2017 @ 10:52 am

(Credit: multi-screencap)

We may not get more Jude | Zero | Zude in canon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get them in our fic/art/vids! This round of Team Zude Comment!Fic & Art Fest is for virtual season four-related prompts where Jude and Zero are both still on the show.

Leave a prompt in comments to this post at [community profile] team_zude. If you find a prompt that you like, go ahead and fill it!

The Fest will run for ~6 weeks, beginning today, Friday, September 15th, and running through midnight Tuesday, October 31st. See the post linked above for more information.
 
 
 
13 September 2017 @ 08:59 am
Now that season 3 is underway, come join us at [community profile] outlander_forum , a discussion community for fans of the Starz TV adaptation and/or Diana Gabaldon's books. We've already got a discussion of episode 301 underway, so come and join in!!



 
 
12 September 2017 @ 07:39 pm
It's Tuesday, time to tackle the one thing that's hanging over you. (I wish there were only one, but I'm not that organised right now). What is that you're not going to procrastinate about any longer? Good luck, you can do it!

In need of a challenge, spend time cleaning and organising a surface (it's up to you how big or what that involves). For suggestions, it could be giving the stove top a wipe down, or cleaning the bathroom sink (they're totally surfaces). It could be sorting through the things on top of the coffee table or the cabinet beside the bed, figuring out what can be put away and what needs to stay - maybe you could even dust while you were at it. It might be organising a shelf on a bookcase, spending even five or ten minutes organising the things that have accumulated on a dining room table or your desk.

Good luck whatever you decide to tackle today. I hope it goes well for you. *\0/* Let us know what you do decide to tackle and how you get on.
 
 
10 September 2017 @ 09:23 pm
How goes the war on Stuff! in your domicile this fine weekend?(we've had sun! And warmth! And leaving the house without jumpers, and the like!)

I made a big effort to reduce plastic containers. We have a drawer for Tupperware/freezer/leftover containers, two shelves in a cupboard which are higgledy-piggledy with take-away containers and lunch boxes and water bottles and whatever else fits, and then the overflow on top of the microwave. Everthing came off the microwave so something else could be stored there, so something needed doing. I threw out many many containers/lids, rehomed some, and generally made things better. There are still some on the floor, because I want to work out whether we need them.

Youngest also used the top of a pair of jeans (previously worn through) to make a carry bag - actually looks better than expected. They were working to a pattern for a peg bag that a friend needs replacing, but that had been made out of the legs of jeans, and the side pocket was a bit larger than our friend wants, but the back pockets are just the right size. makes quite a cute messenger style bag!

(Edited to fix autocorrect weirdness)
 
 
08 September 2017 @ 04:53 pm
I hauled a bag of books to Books to Prisoners, along with some saved newspapers for packing. I organized some more fanfic on the new computer and deleted a few files either incomplete or now of no interest. That is going to be a long-term project.

I looked through a stack of saved paperwork and either dealt with it or shredded it (requests for donations from various organizations that I decided I did not want to donate to just now). I hope to make that kind of decision quickly in the future and not let it all collect on the desk.

Wednesdays and Fridays are my free days - no regular outside commitments. I am encouraging myself to use at least a couple of morning hours for some regular household organization activities - pay bills, sort piles on the desk, rip addresses off catalogs, attend to surfaces where things accumulate. For me these are the bedroom chair, the table inside the door, my desk, the kitchen table area where my laptop sits. If I let these surfaces go the piles get intimidating. If I tend them fairly often the surfaces clear for at least half a day and paperwork is dealt with before it gets too old. Most bills go in the top file box and are checked regularly (Wednesdays, most often) but other stuff like requests for donations or shopping coupons stack up. So I am trying to make Wed and Fri mornings a time to do a little surface clearing. That worked this week.

My next major project is to sort my closet, move summer-only clothes to the utility room closet and move winter clothes to the bedroom. As part of this effort I hope to discard some clothing. I have a bag for donations and I want to fill it. I think I am changing my ideas about what clothing needs to be kept - we shall see.
 
 
08 September 2017 @ 05:57 pm
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I decided to create a nav code for people with a character in two games that would rather have all the info displayed instead of behind a magic click button (not that I don't love those myself! this is just for something different).

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