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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #450 on: April 05, 2017, 11:27:10 AM »
Yeah, it was a bit of a spendy day bc of the cookbooks.

I had specifically thought of you when I was putting a Pyrex loaf pan into my thrift load :)

And, gotta say, I think your school silent auction strategy ROCKS! Utterly brilliant. Ditto the pull cord extension.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #451 on: April 05, 2017, 12:06:12 PM »
I finally cleaned the shelf that the olive oil and similar cooking stuff sits on. Apparently some of the oil spilled on it at some point, and from then on everything taken from that shelf would leave a bunch of oil anywhere on the counter. It's literally been months of this, but I finally dealt with it.


So how did you manage to get it clean? (Asking for a friend...)

Ha! I didn't do anything fancy - just took everything off, cleaned the actual shelf with soap and water, and washed the bottoms of all the bottles and things with soap and water as well. Olive oil comes off very nicely with dish soap.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #452 on: April 06, 2017, 12:02:23 PM »
Yesterday I bought the pads to put on the chairs. Today I stuck them on. 

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #453 on: April 06, 2017, 01:10:54 PM »
Rather than attempt to add an 8th insurance decal to license plate, learned how to remove all with WD-40 and am doing so as we speak.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #454 on: April 06, 2017, 01:20:30 PM »
Went through a bunch of puzzles.  Made one pile for my sister, who also loves puzzles, and put a bunch in a bag for Goodwill.  Some puzzles you never want to do again.  : D

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #455 on: April 06, 2017, 01:29:40 PM »
Cleaned the kitchen cabinets, touched up paint in a few places, and caulked a corner.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #456 on: April 08, 2017, 08:16:26 AM »
I have been working insane hours this week trying to get a work project done and I am set to work on it all weekend. :(

However yesterday I took the afternoon/evening to visit my mom who has just had surgery. I helped her out with a million odd chores she needed done so I told her I would put her as my odd chore and she thought that was quite funny. Mom says hi everyone! :)

Today I am going to change my cars cabin filter, something I just learned about yesterday and have never done. I watched a YouTube video, I'm gonna buy the filter, I got my screwdriver, I can do this!

I also finally found my paint sample from my bedroom, so I am going to go buy a tinted tester to use to cover up my patches I worked on this week. A tester should be plenty and it's only $4 woohoo! So glad I saved all my paint samples, past me was smart, past me should have just put them in a more obvious location!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #457 on: April 08, 2017, 12:54:23 PM »
Ok I just spent an hour touching up my paint with the tester pot - PLENTY of paint for the job and my bedroom walls look soooooo much better. I am going to do a second round tomorrow when it dries, just in case I missed any spots. I feel kinda silly I never thought to just buy a tester pot, but usually I have leftover paint for each room, labelled in mason jars for touching up. Lesson learned $4 and the rooms looks 10 times better.

I was so inspired I took down my fabric blinds and curtains and they are presently in the washing machine. If it gets warm this week, I would love to wash my windows. However I am in Canada and it is only April, I might be jumping the gun a bit.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #458 on: April 08, 2017, 03:50:25 PM »
Got motivated by this to get up and clean the gutters and patch some cracks on the  outside of my house. Both really needed to be done, but I kept putting them off because they weren't on my normal rotation.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #459 on: April 08, 2017, 05:56:49 PM »
Cleaned out under the sink in our larger bathroom.  Decided to donate some towels to our local vet (they are always happy to get towels!) and reorganized everything.  Looks so much better!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #460 on: April 08, 2017, 11:26:24 PM »
Returned a bunch of things and got back cash which is going to the bank on Monday. Also gave away a few things to a friend. Slow going but we are getting there.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #461 on: April 09, 2017, 12:22:11 AM »
Today I broke out both instant-pots and batch cooked black beans (which became refried black beans), five lbs. of Costco Ground Beef seasoned for tacos (and stretched with ground oatmeal - Shhh! Don't tell my posse I do this.) and used up all the rest of the brown rice I had to make Spanish Rice. We had tacos for dinner, and Mexican Food will be on the menu all week. Oh, and Friday was pizza from scratch night.

Yes, all this scratch-and-batch cooking is a chore, and it counts, damn it.
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #462 on: April 09, 2017, 01:55:01 PM »
Today, I changed the lawn mower oil, blew all the leaves and dust our of the garage, blew the leaves that accumulated in our mulch beds out from behind the bushes, and mowed the front lawn. I would have done the entire lawn, but our property is still wet from rain we had last week. I'm hoping it will dry up enough that I can finish the rest tomorrow.

I also started working on cleaning up our cars. We're at that awkward time of year when there is salt and dead bugs on the car and the interiors are filthy. I vacuumed the carpeting and seats and took out the floor mats and scrubbed them. I'm going to wash them later today once the sun is not beating directly on the driveway. I'm going to try to wax them too, but there may not be enough time to do both. I'll at least do mine. My wife is out of town so hers can wait until tomorrow if necessary.
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #463 on: April 09, 2017, 02:00:33 PM »
Reset our sump pump discharge for 'summer'.  In the winter, I change over to a 4" pipe from the normal 2" pipe outside to prevent a freeze up (happened once, and destroyed/burned out our pump).  Also took the burlap off the shrubs, and tidied up some leaves left from the fall.   

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #464 on: April 09, 2017, 02:10:30 PM »
Does finishing my application for Obamacare count as an odd chore?  I'm hoping it's a one time thing.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #465 on: April 09, 2017, 02:32:20 PM »
One of the thresholds in our house was cracked, before we moved in, and it eventually tore in half and was in bad shape.  Went and pulled it up, got a replacement, and installed it today.

Another odd chore off my TODO list.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #466 on: April 09, 2017, 03:56:40 PM »
Finished all taxes, refund on the way!  Also cleared out things from cupboard and sorted out paperwork for the past two weeks. As a bonus, tax paperwork is all filed as well.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #467 on: April 10, 2017, 05:53:59 PM »
Weather is finally warm enough I turned my furnace off. It's chilly but ok with a hoodie. Since the furnace is off and it was garbage night, I decided to take down the plastic on all my upstairs windows. I still have a few downstairs windows covered, but I am gonna leave them for another week I think.

The rest of my night was a bunch of regular chores. I have a lot of odd chores for this week, really hope I can crack them out as I'm feeling behind again.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #468 on: April 11, 2017, 08:58:38 AM »
Found the little green cleaner in storage so I recleaned the dining chairs. 

Painted the ceiling in the kids' back/play house which they'd been wanting finished for the last two months.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #469 on: April 11, 2017, 09:10:22 AM »
I built a new screen for the window that didn't have one.

Why didn't it have one, you ask? Well, it did actually have one until the middle of last month, when a bird somehow smashed through the screen and then got stuck, thrashing around crazily, between the screen and the window glass. It was kind of an insane situation - I mean, we wanted to save this bird (although honestly, is this the kind of bird that needs to perpetuate its species? I mean, if it can't avoid crashing through window screens, I'm not sure it should be winning the natural selection process), but I had zero desire for it to end up flying into our bedroom and equally zero desire for it to peck anyone with its very sharp beak while completely losing its mind being trapped. So using a sophisticated system of a ruler and a pencil stuck through a tiny window crack, with adrenaline on overdrive, trying to stave off our own incipient heart attacks, we managed to pry the screen free of the window and send it crashing to the ground where it exploded. Bird - rescued. Screen - no more. But now, all is well. Until the next bird, I guess.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #470 on: April 11, 2017, 06:36:23 PM »
Moved an extra set of mounted coat hooks from the back patio door(had 2, only needed 1 set) to up by the front door.  coats and bags were making their way onto the kitchen table and chairs and staying there.  Have thought about trying this location out instead of having all the coats hanging by the back of the house.

took about 2 minutes and works perfect and already matches the trim color.

Then cleaned up the kitchen table that has been covered in things dropped off and not put away yet.

todo: shredding. have a box. need to just sit and do it.

also started using google keep again to start tracking a bunch of these I want to get done that I have been putting off.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #471 on: April 13, 2017, 07:14:11 PM »
Really like this thread-as a unit, my SO and I are quite good at conquering the regular daily chores, but seem to miss the ones that aren't scheduled. Been trying to join in...

Today I swept the garage, scrubbed the dog bowls and stand, and while I was scrubbing in the garage decided to wash the garage side door.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #472 on: April 13, 2017, 10:40:23 PM »
Today after work I removed everything from the fridge (and threw out a lot of old stuff, oops), washed all the shelves and drawers and inside of the fridge, and then put it all back together. Ugh, I hate that job, especially with my shallow sink. But the fridge sure looks good now!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #473 on: April 14, 2017, 02:33:29 PM »
Due to an unfortunate doggie accident on the bed this morning, I had to wash our quilt and our mattress cover. She was just helping with spring cleaning is all ;)
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #474 on: April 14, 2017, 02:52:15 PM »
Walked kid through taking apart every dot of laptop. It's headed for recycling, and upcoming travels motivated me to get it done. Now we both know way more about the insides of our laptops.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #475 on: April 14, 2017, 04:06:44 PM »
I reattached the back of a vintage bookcase that had started to seperate. While it was pulled out I vacuumed throughly behind it.

I have also been slowly going through the house removing old and reattaching new, felt feet to various pieces of furniture.

Id love to say I have done tons of spring yard work, but sadly it would be a lie. I will get there :)

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #476 on: April 14, 2017, 04:46:17 PM »
Topped up the sand between the pavers out front.  I'm having a bit of a 'war' with a chipmunk - he/she is determined to tunnel between the pavers on the stairs to make a second home (primary home is under our deck).  I'm worried it will undermine the stairs, resulting in shifting or collapse eventually.  So I fill the gap, he digs it out again.  I think I will have to use concrete when I am sure he's not there.  He's missing half his tail, so easy to identify if we see him in the back yard.   Good thing for him I like chipmunks.  : D

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« Reply #477 on: April 14, 2017, 06:04:07 PM »
Ok I just spent an hour touching up my paint with the tester pot - PLENTY of paint for the job and my bedroom walls look soooooo much better. I am going to do a second round tomorrow when it dries, just in case I missed any spots. I feel kinda silly I never thought to just buy a tester pot, but usually I have leftover paint for each room, labelled in mason jars for touching up. Lesson learned $4 and the rooms looks 10 times better.

I was so inspired I took down my fabric blinds and curtains and they are presently in the washing machine. If it gets warm this week, I would love to wash my windows. However I am in Canada and it is only April, I might be jumping the gun a bit.

Just don't wash windows then power wash the second week.  You will be washing windows again the week after...

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #478 on: April 15, 2017, 07:18:47 PM »
1. Sewed closed a loooooooooooooooooooooong hole in pants in-seam, even though I had continued wearing them happily as-is. Kid prefers I take my style up a notch ;)

2. Printed return address labels. 45 minutes to get the alignment right, point three seconds to print.

3. Transferred an org's info to my account, so none of us ever have to do anything ever again.

4. Transferred files from breaking folders to shiny new pretty ones.

5. Filled in detailed rebate form for past 11 months.

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« Reply #479 on: April 16, 2017, 06:23:38 AM »
Went to the CPA's office to sign our tax returns today. Love it when the return covers the CPA's reasonable fee and not much else. Also, didn't flip a house this year, so nice to back in the 15% tax bracket. Filing taxes counts as a chore, right?
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #480 on: April 16, 2017, 12:55:15 PM »
I installed the fountain pump yesterday afternoon.  Now I have my soothing water sounds at the flick of the power bar switch when I sit out on our patio.
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #481 on: April 16, 2017, 08:05:52 PM »
 Washed two wo Great Danes who are desperately opposed to the whole concept of bathing today

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« Reply #482 on: April 16, 2017, 08:11:01 PM »
Washed two wo Great Danes who are desperately opposed to the whole concept of bathing today

Oh man. You win. Although we did grind the nails of a very unwilling Old Dog, who resents her feet being touched. Ever. The cheese stick helped somewhat.
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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #483 on: April 17, 2017, 12:02:31 AM »
I hosted my cousin's husband in our home today. It is a chore due to his frightful personality, and it is odd due to said frightful personality.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #484 on: April 17, 2017, 10:08:23 AM »
Finally the living room painting and hardwood refinishing is done! I still have to do the bathroom and the back entryway, but those are going to have to wait. I need a break!

But now I get to work on more little odd jobs! Yesterday I replaced a tail light that was out and MacGyver'd a fix on the tail light casing so that it's being held on the vehicle with BOTH screws, not just one!

Moved the pea climbing fence to a new, hopefully better location where the peas will get more sun and thrive this year.

Started sorting through photos, organizing and condensing them. Emptied 2 small albums so far for donation.

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« Reply #485 on: April 17, 2017, 04:01:37 PM »
Yesterday I cooked a bunch of food for an Easter dinner I did not end up going to because I was feeling rough. I also babysat my sisters dog for the afternoon which was a great odd chore.

Today I pulled down the rest of the shrink plastic from my windows. I have my regular Monday night chores to do (I do most boring chores Monday because it generally is my least favourite day) so will probably not get anymore odd chores done.

I feel like I have been slacking lately because work is nuts and I am working long hours. My mental list is starting to get long again and that stresses me out, so I need to figure out a better schedule to still be productive.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #486 on: April 17, 2017, 07:09:27 PM »
-did the taxes
-caught up with medical claims
-made a short term debt repayment plan
-booked vacation time

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #487 on: April 18, 2017, 12:41:48 PM »
Phoned doctor office to get files back! Woohoo!

Using the phone is one of the hardest for me. I've learned that if I rest well, then eat a LOT, use Skype vs cell, and have something fun and active to do right after, I can do it. I had brought the specialist all my kid's documents, assuming his office would copy them during the appt and give them back, but that's not what happened. Some of the items were the only copies I had, and they're critical for everywhere else we go. Office is a three-hour return trip away on a clear day, and only open once every two weeks. DONE!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #488 on: April 18, 2017, 01:30:54 PM »
Did my taxes. Was a bit more complicated than the year before. Also switching banking accounts to save the fees my bank introduced lately.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #489 on: April 18, 2017, 02:00:06 PM »
I did so many chores over the last few days I can't even list them all! Taxes in the list, lots of cleaning, cooking, scrubbing and clearing out. The toaster oven and the microwave are looking much nicer.

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« Reply #490 on: April 18, 2017, 06:21:44 PM »
Did a deep clean of the house - everything is sparkling now. Also tried to scrub the walls because my kid had used crayons on it. Partially successful, need to give it another go.

Called bank to enable online access and started a transfer to be eligible for a bonus.

Called carpet cleaning which we get for free but couldn't get hold of them, hope they call me back soon so we can schedule it down.

Called a few schools to enquire about their admission process. Need to tour them before we finalize on one.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #491 on: April 18, 2017, 07:03:43 PM »
I've been MIA lately.  My odd chore for the end of March was having a baby!  He's almost three weeks now and I'm home with him, so I have some time for odd chores and projects.

Today I filed our tax extension (we have an issue we need time to resolve) and sewed two newborn size bibs.  Little one dribbles everywhere when I feed him so this should help keep his clothes clean.

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« Reply #492 on: April 18, 2017, 07:19:44 PM »
Also dropped off a huge bag for donation. I've been adding to it for more than a month and it's finally out of the house. Now to start another bag.

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #493 on: April 18, 2017, 11:22:47 PM »
My odd chore for the end of March was having a baby!

:))))))))))   Congrats, SimpleCycle!!

Sounds like you're both feeling good?? Great!

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« Reply #494 on: April 18, 2017, 11:24:06 PM »
Dropped torn-apart laptop for electronics recycling.

Mailed a rebate doc (mail takes as long for me as phone calls!).

Dropped another load at thrift.

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« Reply #495 on: April 19, 2017, 07:16:45 AM »
My odd chore for the end of March was having a baby!

:))))))))))   Congrats, SimpleCycle!!

Sounds like you're both feeling good?? Great!

Yeah, we're doing really well.  I'm still sore and have to make sure I don't overdo it, but he's such a happy easy baby, it makes everything easier.

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« Reply #496 on: April 19, 2017, 07:38:05 AM »
Did a few online organisational tasks I'd been dreading. They were fine in the end!

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« Reply #497 on: April 19, 2017, 10:39:01 AM »
Visited family for Easter and so the odd chores slowed.  But I did take pics and request a refund for an item I ordered that was damaged in shipment.  Also took photos of my old favorite shoes to see if the manufacturer could fix them.  Still waiting on that reply!

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Re: One "Odd" chore a day
« Reply #498 on: April 19, 2017, 10:43:18 AM »
Fixed a bifold closet door that had slipped of the track.   Also reorganized our computer/printer supply drawer, so now I know exactly how much paper and how many ink refills are there.  Found some cables I've been looking for forever, so bonus!

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« Reply #499 on: April 19, 2017, 02:14:53 PM »
Replaced lights in the bedrooms. Fixed a closet door and applied oil to the other squeaky doors in the house.

Scheduled the carpet cleaning for next weekend!