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    1/3 today.

    Tomorrow:

    1) Move table
    2) Puppies in for 2nd series of shots
    3) Set up laundry room for temporary puppy quarters

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    Quote Originally Posted by wunsagin View Post

    1-make candy
    2-2 loads laundry
    3-make list of places to go when in Joplin again on Monday
    3/3 today

    Mon list

    1-take mom back to Joplin, get more info on apartments
    2-make another batch of peanut brittle
    3-make grocery list
    Terry

    Jan grocery 129.57/275.00
    Jan coupon 1.00
    YTD grocery
    YTD coupon


    New Recipe 1/24
    Items repurposed
    Twenty wishes 0/20

    as of 1-11

    Personal challenge, 5 A Day
    put away, throw away, give away
    at least 5 items a day

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    Today: Do a "mom" cleaning of the kids' bedrooms. They're teenagers and can clean their own rooms, but at certain times of the year (before Christmas being one of them), I go in there and strip beds, flip mattresses, clean out closets and drawers, wash windows, etc.

    My husband thinks they should do it themselves, but let's face it, kids stink at cleaning things properly! Mine are completely satisfied with sleeping on crumby sheets, walking over mountains of clothes and looking at dirty dishes on their dressers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywatcher View Post
    Today: Do a "mom" cleaning of the kids' bedrooms. They're teenagers and can clean their own rooms, but at certain times of the year (before Christmas being one of them), I go in there and strip beds, flip mattresses, clean out closets and drawers, wash windows, etc.

    My husband thinks they should do it themselves, but let's face it, kids stink at cleaning things properly! Mine are completely satisfied with sleeping on crumby sheets, walking over mountains of clothes and looking at dirty dishes on their dressers.
    I understand, having raised 3 sons alone. At one point, I decided to give them their weekly allowance only after they cleaned up their rooms: including fresh linen on the beds, picking up the dirty clothing and putting it in the hamper, clearing off their dresser tops, vacuuming. It worked, and became a weekly ritual, and we got along fine; my sanity was saved. They learned how to do laundry and also some of the finer points of cleaning after a while (polishing dresser mirrors, organizing closet).

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    Update from the rest of yesterday:Yesterday, I baked/cooked:
    - 2 pumpkin pies
    - apple cake
    - applesauce
    - seasoned and fried ground beef (froze for later use)

    Also:
    - did a pile of dishes (that's the only thing I find exhausting about homebaking/cooking)
    - paperwork
    - watched movies

    The pain of my illness has been getting to me lately; I can work only an hour or two, at intervals, and my pain meds aren't working. Very little sleep at night, consequently. Muscle & nerve pain is agony. It keeps tightening and stiffening all the limbs in painful contractions, and it hurts terrible to fight against it to loosen them, but it's the only way to keep mobile as long as possible. Everytime I sleep, I wake up paralyzed, and have to force every muscle to work again before I can use it; it takes 10 minutes or more to be able to move my legs and arms so I can get up.


    Today:
    - tidy house; sweep floors
    - shovel snow from sidewalk & steps
    - take out garbage
    - tape up dryer vent cap again; the ridiculous design of it caused it to break off last year, and I have to tape it up after every time I use the dryer, because the dryer heat causes the tape to loosen. Otherwise, the north wind blows cold air through it into my basement. Wish I could figure out how to fix that permanently.
    - work preps & work
    - put up tree if possible
    - make 2 homemade pizzas if time and energy permit

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    Sunday list done 3/3
    Monday list
    1-go to bank
    2-sweep floors
    3-Go mall see if i can finish up Christmas shopping

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    Incognito, is there a way to replace the dryer vent?

    Otherwise, check into getting some Reflectix tape. It's shiny metal tape used with Reflectix, which is used to wrap heating ducts. Or just ask at a home improvement place for any kind of tape made for heat applications. Caulking might work too, depending where the duct is broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit Deer View Post
    Incognito, is there a way to replace the dryer vent?

    Otherwise, check into getting some Reflectix tape. It's shiny metal tape used with Reflectix, which is used to wrap heating ducts. Or just ask at a home improvement place for any kind of tape made for heat applications. Caulking might work too, depending where the duct is broken.
    So far, I've tried using masking tape, duct tape, hockey tape. The hockey tape works best, but softens and pulls away whenever the dryer flap heats up during use.
    The design of the dryer flap is utterly ridiculous; it is squarely positioned into the opening and hangs only by 2 tiny plastic tabs, one on each side at the top (each 1/4" long by 1/8" wide). One of the tabs broke (snow-storms, ice, contraction?), and so the flap fell out, and I have to tape it into position constantly. If I could heat up a tiny finishing nail on my stove burner, I might be able to push it into the spot where the tab broke off, and the nail head would act as a tab. Another little project to do, when and if I can.
    Landlord won't fix it...no surprise there.

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    Can you use a screw where the tab used to be? You would probably have to pre-drill a hole through the plastic so you don't crack it. Or put a screw somewhere else, since the hole for the tab probably wouldn't work.

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    I don't have a drill, and it's too awkward holding the flap and trying to put a screw into the spot where the tab broke off. My hands aren't able to cope with this sort of work anymore.
    Will have to take another good look at it to see what's best.

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    If it's a plastic flap, it may pop right out when it's warm. Don't try it when it's cold though. Or you could maybe tape the flap open while you worked with it.

    Can you borrow tools from your landlord? Or someone else.

    Dang, this is another time I get frustrated by the internet. If I was there, I would fix it for you.

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    I checked the flap tabs again; the flap is loose, so I keep it indoors.
    Actually, the tab that's left on it is only 3/8" x 1/8", not much space to work with. And the broken tab spot has a teeny hole, so I could possible put a hot finishing tack in there and then cool it once it melted into place.
    I thought of another way to fix it.
    Break off the other tab. Take a piece of wire clothes hanger to fit across entire top of vent-flap. Heat wire on stove burner. Place wire with pliars on top of plastic vent-flap. Allow to melt through plastic into place. Set flap on plate of snow to cool. File any rough edges. This might work, as long as it still fits snugly afterwards.

    All of the other tenants had the same thing happen to their dryer flaps too, so we've all got the winter wind driving into our basements through these dyer vents...lots of heat loss, and when it's time to start up the dryer, it labours and squeaks for 5 minutes because the gears & stuff are way too cold.

    PS:
    Popular saying here regarding our maintenance manager..."Would it kill him to fix something?"

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    Well, that sucks. It's too bad the guy doesn't care enough to take care of things.

    It sounds like you have a plan. Let me know how it goes.

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    package to Hawaii ready.
    swept and mopped the whole house
    vacuumed downstairs
    gonna finish wrapping
    Hubby is done so set back and enjoy....

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    Today:
    - recorded my huge pile of receipts into my account book
    - sorted and filed more paperwork into file folders for income tax
    - did paperwork for work

    I have all the notes to put into my notebook, and the bank statement to peruse and check again before filing, but my desk area already looks so much clearer again.
    Yes, I think I'll do this every time I sit down in front of the computer. Sort, organize and file paperwork, and do other preps; it sure is a good way to use the time more efficiently. Sometimes the computer loads pages so slowly, and now every moment can be utilized.

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