Adventures in Uncluttering

I’ve been uncluttering the past few days, and the subject of Andy’s old HP 25 calculator came up. The calculator is about 40 years old and has a rechargeable battery pack that stopped working years ago. Andy kept saying he didn’t want to toss the calculator out, he was hoping eventually to get another pack for it.

Enlarged view of calculator.

Enlarged view of calculator.

Battery Pack

Battery Pack

They don’t sell the packs anymore, of course, so I went to the internet, especially the Museum of HP Calculators, and learned how (1) to refurbish a pack with more modern batteries, (2) to build a new pack if we had lost the old one, and (3) where we could find replacement batteries if we still had the old pack. We decided to use the third method.

The article about the replacement batteries told us the website to use and the exact part number, but the article was 13 years old. Amazingly enough, the information was still good, so we placed our order.

As I’ve said before, I do love Google and the internet. And bless the people who shared the information we needed at the Museum of HP Calculators. How cool was that?


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Gaming the System

Unfortunately there are always people like Mike willing to game the system.
We even had some of that in our local freecycle group. The idea is when we have things we want to recycle rather than send to the landfill, we offer them to our neighbors for free. Apparently someone/some people were taking the offers then selling them for profit. The moderator pointed out this was against the spirit of the system so please don’t.

It had never occurred to me that anyone would do that, but I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised. As gaming the system goes, it was minor, and the items were still being recycled rather than going to the landfill. But it wasn’t friendly, and it lessened the feeling of community.


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The weather forecast is for snow above 10,000 feet, and our land is only about 9,000, so Andy removed the chains and snowplow from the truck.





Spring must be here!


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I voted

This is a picture of the sticker I received after I voted today. I could also have had a piece of candy, but I passed on that. I voted because I felt I should — given my opinions of some of the candidates, I didn’t expect to feel so happy afterwards.

Here they really encourage people to vote, and they make it easy. The official primary is June 7, but we can vote early for about a month before that. For a while the hours for early voting were Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now they’re Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Is voting that easy where you are? Do you feel good after you’ve done it?


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Political Wrestling

That just about sums it up.

I’ve never been a fan of wrestling, and I don’t plan to start now.

The quality of our lives depends on how we focus our energy and our attention.

I plan to focus mine on something less depressing, more uplifting. Or on something that makes me laugh, like a good political cartoon.

What about you?


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Koko is cute in this cartoon, but most dogs would be enjoying the ride instead of trying to make other dogs jealous. Humans, on the other hand….
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Deer and Texting
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This cartoon is timely for us — on our way home from the land Saturday evening Andy had to brake for two deer ambling nonchalantly across the road. They weren’t concerned about us at all.

So far we haven’t needed to brake for texting pedestrians or had trouble with texting drivers, but a few drivers talking on their cell phones have made me nervous. What about you?


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Airport Security

I’m so glad I don’t have to fly! Especially this summer, when the lines are supposed to be horrendously long.


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Trip to the Land

We went up the land for a picnic supper yesterday afternoon/early evening, and we went the way we used to go before we had our new road built about ten years ago. It was exciting to drive up our refurbished old driveway after all this time!

We stopped on the way up to see the trees in the “orchard”, and after dinner we walked down to see the other fruit trees by the greenhouse. Many of them are in blossom now:

5-21-16 Apple Blossoms

There was a slight adventure on the way up — it’s been breezy up there so Andy had been clearing a lot of trees off the roads and paths we use. The roads were clear when he drove down, but when we drove up a couple of hours later, another tree had fallen. Andy got out his little electric saw and cleared it off in about five minutes. He’s had a lot of practice! (I didn’t start taking pictures until after he started sawing.)

5-21-16 Trip to Land 1

5-21-16 Trip to Land 2

5-21-16 Trip to Land 10


5-21-16 Trip to Land 15


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Comfortable Shoes
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I have to admit, I was never “too young” for comfortable shoes. I still remember when I tried a few eye doctors after I graduated from college to see if anyone could help with my chronic eyestrain. One fellow wasn’t interested in that, he wanted to sell me contact lenses. I told him I wasn’t interested, I just wanted to read with less pain and dizziness. He scoffed, looked at my shoes, and said,”Well, maybe when you grow up and get interested in boys and wear high heels…”

I laughed. Andy and I were already engaged. He, too, is a believer in sensible shoes.

Have you ever worn things that were uncomfortable for the sake of appearances?


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