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Dec. 27/13

2013 has been an interesting year—a lot of “long-term to-do items” have been checked off my list not by choice. The “universe” has set things in motion several times this year that has forced me to get some big (and some not so big) tasks done.

For example, the insurance company gave me a choice of getting a new furnace oil tank and a new roof or they wouldn’t insure the house. Huh. I opted for the new oil tank and the new roof – a steel one.

Just as the new roof was finished, the weather changed and our furnace came on for the first time since the new tank had been installed. A new part on the furnace that came with the new tank had a faulty seal or something and our basement was flooded with furnace oil. And so I had to clean up the basement, throwing lots of stuff out and bringing bins of stuff upstairs while the floor was getting cleaned.

And then, because we tracked furnace oil up the stairs and into the hallway we had to rip up and replace the flooring in our back hallway. That meant hauling everything out of the hallway and temporarily storing it in the living room, where there already was boxes of stuff from the basement.

And then… the oil fumes had settled into the living room carpet somewhat so what the heck—- we might as well rip up and replace the living room flooring. And that meant moving all of the contents and the stuff from the hallway and the boxes from the basement into the dining room. (Oh, and it also meant working around the propane fireplace, which got damaged in the process—still have to get that fixed.)

Well, with two-thirds of the carpet gone, why stop now? Might as well rip up the carpet in the dining room…. and while we are at it, let’s switch the living room and the dining room so we will be “living” in the “warmest room in the house” and “dining” in the not-so-warm room.

And that brings us to today. The “hallway furniture” is in the hallway on our new floor—looking wonderful .. along with living room furniture waiting for its new home and boxes of “stuff” waiting to go somewhere. The dining room furniture is 1) in its new home or 2) still waiting for its move. The living room furniture is still in the old room, along with the pieces of dining room furniture that has been moved, along with the boxes of “stuff”.

The dining-room-to-be has half the carpet ripped up, revealing a beautiful old hardwood floor with “worn paint” on it – love the look. And has half the room yet to be done, covered with the un-moved furniture, boxes from the basement, furniture from who-knows-where and a whole lot of work to be done.

The kitchen is the temporary home of all the rest of the boxes of stuff and furniture that doesn’t have a home and has been moved (in some form of the following): from the basement to the hallway, to the living room, to the dining room, to the kitchen.

Let’s just say, “I’m looking forward to 2014 when things will all have found a new home” and .. “I’m so grateful for that seed catalogue that came in the mail.” It gave me a reprieve from the chaos and visions of getting back to normal, planting, tending, harvesting, and preserving.

just a few more days of 2013 and then—Happy New Year!! I’m on the count-down.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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MsDebbieP

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Karson

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posted 117 days ago

My ain’t you blessed. You will have everything all new in your old house.

The house will be all cleaned and you will have gotten rid of all the clutter. (probably because you get tired of moving it.)

Happy New Year Debbie.

-- Karson retired in DE e-mail karson_morrison@bigfoot.com

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MsDebbieP

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posted 117 days ago

haha you are so right .. except that I go so tired of going through stuff that it just went into bins. But the individual rooms are looking a lot less cluttered!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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mmh

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posted 116 days ago

And so, does the insurance company who made you replace the old working furnace for a new leaking one cover all of this???

Hope you survive 2013 with a smile and have a wonderful, casualty free 2014!

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 116 days ago

we chose not to involve the insurance company because it would have been a pain in the butt!!!
Our oil company was extraordinary and cleaned up/replaced everything without batting an eye. The best customer service ever.

I, too, hope for a casualty-free 2014!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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posted 116 days ago

Oh dear! I think I need to go lie down. I’m exhausted just reading about your trials. I agree with Karson. After so much work and inconvenience, you have everything new and cleaned. Whatever is left over….toss. :D You’ll never miss it. LOL

Wishing you all the Best in the New Year!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 112 days ago

You have been busy this holiday season! Enjoy your renovations. I echo mmh’s wishes for you: may you have a wonderful and casualty-free 2014

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 111 days ago

five more bins emptied/sorted/put away… many bags to Salvation Army

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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justjoel

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posted 86 days ago

Ah, the calming affect of the beloved seed catalogs! (well, and the rush, as well!)

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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MsDebbieP

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posted 85 days ago

adrenalin rush :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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posted 83 days ago

I have not rec’d one seed catalog in the mail yet! :( Fortunately the library has a few and I have those in hand to look through. I have also gone on-line to check out some others. But I really prefer having a book in my hand.

Do you suppose ‘they’ have heard me repeating…..’I must not buy more seeds, I must not buy more seeds, I must not buy more seeds…...’ ;D

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 83 days ago

be careful what you wish for!!!

I received my seeds and realized that I had completely forgotten about tomatoes. How did THAT happen???!!!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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