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ImageCandyce
Jul 8, 2010 11:25 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
I'm just curious. I know what gets me side-tracked on any given day. What gets you side-tracked?

My issue is that I am having the time of my life creating a family tree for my grandchildren. I just love visiting Ancestry.Com, and all the other websites and links I can find to uncover facts about our family that I just never knew before. It's also quite thrilling (to me) to see some similar family traits throughout the centuries.

So, doing the research is one thing that can side-track me for literally hours! What about you?

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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 8, 2010 1:29 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
I really don't mind getting side-tracked. At my age it's a luxury. I do the necessary things well in advance so I never have to rush or feel stressed.

So I guess I don't label it such. I spend my time exactly where I want and don't feel guilty (except, maybe . . for that cupboard under my kitchen sink).

My family is trained to no longer make demands on me. That is a tough transition for a family . . all their lives they were used to turning to me . . . I had to draw the line in the sand and put a damper on it . . . time for me to have a life. We are a very close knit family but now they let me breathe. And I would not, in turn, want to smother them.
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Imagegardenersdetective
Jul 8, 2010 3:53 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Honestly, just a pure lack of motivation and laziness on my part. It's like taking medicine and excersizing. Something you need to do, you should do, and maybe have to do. Just because it's good for me doesn't mean I like it. I must say once it's done I enjoy having a clean house. So if the end result is so great why do I dread the journey? Maybe my lack of household organization. So back to the answer to your question of what get's me sidetracked...just about everything that will allow me to procrastinate and postpone doing my chores.
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 8, 2010 5:28 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Oh, I get it. You are saying in regard to getting the housework done. I finished the closets today and once I got started I actually enjoyed it. But I didn't rush to finish . . there was a mess around here for a few days which kinda bothered me but not enough to move faster. Now that it's done, I feel way better for having done it.
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Imagegardenersdetective
Jul 8, 2010 6:00 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up Clean closets Hurray!
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 8, 2010 7:44 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
How often do you all completely clean out a clothes closet?
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Imagevic
Jul 8, 2010 8:09 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I have to agree with Susan and Arlene in that the way you have us set up, and I get up so freaking early, my chores are done and I can do whatever I want. And like Arlene, I do Rolling on the floor laughing
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Imagequilter5
Jul 9, 2010 6:50 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Me too!!! I head for the computer or the sewing room.....Both give me immense pleasure.
ImageCandyce
Jul 9, 2010 8:22 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Yeah.
That's what I meant. I guess I was thinking more about the hobbies we love to do and can't wait to get to doing.

I know that whenever I get started on the Family Tree I have to set my timer so that I remember to start supper! So, I try to limit myself by disciplining myself to not even begin 'playing' until the little ones are napping. The time goes so quickly, though!!

And, I guess I am a lucky one, Arlene. I don't have a closet in my bedroom. I don't have a closet that is 'mine' anywhere. There's a rod in the linen closet that I hang my 'hangables' on, but, other than that, I just have dresser drawers. About every three months, when we are working on Week Four, I'll go through my dresser and see what needs replacing. If something's gotta come in, then something else has gotta go out!
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Imagevic
Jul 9, 2010 8:47 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I never did answer Arlene's question.

I usually go through clothes twice a year.
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 9, 2010 10:56 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
The season's dictate to me for cleaning. In the Fall, summer clothes get moved to the back and vice versa in the Spring. Only this Spring, it took me until July to do it. I had dug deep and pulled out 3 or 4 summer things and just kept re-washing and re-wearing. Now the summer clothes are at my finger tips.

I have three clothes closets but there is a lot more stored in there besides clothes. The master bedroom closet is very small because an air conditioning duct runs through it so there are just night clothes in it. There are two sets of shelves above which are filled with the last 7 years of paper records for the mfg plant. On the floor is a plastic shelving unit with swim suits, beach towels, and off all things, boxes of greeting cards. I also put the upright vacuum cleaner in there. . . no utility closet on the upper level. The back hall has a shallow closet (which also eats up space in the master bedroom closet) . . . it can hold a few cleaning items, but not much.

The other two closets are the same way . . a few clothes . . sharing the closet with all other kinds of things.
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Imagedjdbeard25
Jul 9, 2010 12:22 PM CST
Name: Stephanie Beard
n.ca
Just about Everything gets me side-tracked lately but mostly phone calls and computer stuff. I do have to say though with all that has happened in the last three months and kicking my friend out of my house. well lets just say with her and all her stuff gone my house is A LOT more Organized and Clean. but every other weekend I go to my kids house (really uncle charlie's house) and get to clean up after my kids, my x-hubby and his Lazy A$$ girlfriend Grumbling so I basically spend the entire weekend cleaning there Grumbling and going through all of uncle charlie's things to send to Good Will Hurray! . still an awful lot to do there. He has (or should I say Had) a six bedroom two story house with one huge playroom too. I do not know how he kept it so clean Confused with my kids and their dad living there but his house used to look like a show room a Realtor would show you....lol
ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 9, 2010 12:52 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Phone calls can certainly change my day but it's part of my job so it can put other things on hold. Working out of the home co-mingles things. If I know I need quiet time, I have been known to shut the ringers off in the house. There is an answering machine in the garage so a person can always leave a message.

The thing about the cell phone age . . . people expect you to always be available. I threw mine out 6 years ago and to date have saved almost $4,000.00. Sweet! I don't even miss it. I understand people who travel for their work needing them but I try to stay right here.

And how is it that people you know who are living on welfare, don't own a house, car ect . .can't afford groceries, may even be living in the streets . . but they have cell phones! Rolling on the floor laughing That always amazes me.
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Imagegardenersdetective
Jul 9, 2010 3:06 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Cell phones are very nice to have in an emergency.

I agree Not sure why all my friends feel they must be available to everyone 24 hours a day and so they can meet the needs of others. Many of them continue to keep their adult children on sharing cell phone plans which I guess gives everyone a better deal except the person paying the bill.

Like any other purchase, my phones and features I pay for are for my personal convenience.

ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 9, 2010 5:37 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Cell Phones ~ Personal Convenience That's what it should be for; not everyone elses convenience!

Today I got side tracked; we cleaned out the dryer vent; it goes up the wall of the downstairs bathroom, then makes a 90 degree turn across my entire kitchen to outside. That's a long way. It hadn't been cleaned in 10 years and we pulled a lot of stuff out of there. It's no wonder the dryer runs forever to get things dry. I did some searching and it is suggested you clean it out once per year. Rolling on the floor laughing

We're lucky we didn't have a fire.
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Imagegardenersdetective
Jul 9, 2010 9:24 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Oh Candyce I guess your gonna add that dryer vent thing to the list. HH members are some tough cookies. You clean stuff I don't even think about. Thought I was done after the dusting, vacuuming and bathrooms. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with all that junk in my purse...do I really need to carry around 5 tubes of lipstick...save me!!! Rolling my eyes.
ImageCandyce
Jul 19, 2010 11:49 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Susan:

My new motto is: when in doubt, throw it out. Yeah, you may have spent good money on something, but if it's something you don't use, then it's useless, right?

As far as cleaning out the dryer vents, we do ours every quarter-year, as we are a large family and can generate a lot of lint. I use the "Hey Tom!" Dryer kit.

Here's a photo, I think:

It's $16 plus shipping: http://www.flylady.net/pages/flyshop_dryer.asp

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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jul 19, 2010 12:17 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Since we cleaned out ours last week, things are drying faster. Saves energy. A biggie!
PS Welcome back, dear Candyce.
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ImageCandyce
Jul 19, 2010 12:35 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Thanks, dear Arlene! I feel much more clear-minded this week.
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Imageimapigeon
Jul 23, 2010 12:30 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
What gets me side-tracked? CUBITS!!!
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