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Goal in focus Declutter 115 people are doing this
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48 entries 55 cheers
18/02/2017
Every Week
  • spatz
    spatz Doing 14 cheers 2017-08-01 18:01:27

    Off to the donation pile - two winter tops I never wore in the last seven years, and one winter top that pills too bad and never looks right. Someone else might love them, so out they go.

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    • ExplorerSoul
      ExplorerSoul 1 cheers 2017-08-01 23:27:46

      @spatz Curious: do you have an end goal or a way to determine when your Declutter goal has been accomplished?

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-02 04:54:04

        @ExplorerSoul I've very got two goals mixed there: I'm still going through my list of things to declutter from Apartment Therapy's January Cure, and I'm doing a rotation schedule of steady keep-it-up decluttering and clearing things up. The first looks all hopeful to be finished soon, but I'll keep the rest as an ongoing goal for some time.

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    • rosewilder
      rosewilder Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-09 13:57:41

      @spatz You can not imagine how much you inspire me with your progress! Thank you.

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-11 05:08:35

        @rosewilder Thank you so much. It's the slowest decluttering ever but I'm so glad to do it - and it really shows progress after some time!

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 6 cheers 2017-07-31 19:31:36

    Off to the donation collection - the first bag of things from the donation pile. A bit less cluttered already.
    And off into the garbage - a replacement part we have no use for, and a tube of curl cream that doesn't work on wavy hair. Oh well.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 7 cheers 2017-07-24 19:11:39

    Off to the donation pile - a green evening top that's never been worn. I don't like the color and the cut. Plus, to the garbage, a powder eyeliner that never worked for me. Bye.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-23 17:08:55

    Off to the garbage - a wrist rest I had bought off Etsy quite some years ago. It's filled with a mixture of rice and lavender and started to dissolve lately.
    Plus, as a bonus, a paper back I won't read again and that's still very nice off to the donation pile.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-21 17:30:33

    To the donation pile - a stack of six tops in mixed shape, from never worn to well loved, but all in a no-I-won't-wear-they-again style. Off they go.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 11 cheers 2017-08-05 05:17:31

    Got my hair cut again, at the same salon in the same style - except one inch longer this time. It's almost perfect :-)

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-23 17:11:53

    Changed a few things out - I had set out to use up a few sub-par things while saving the already bought nicer variety for later.
    Time to ditch the sub-par variety and use the new things. Much better!
    Plus, I ordered a few replacement parts for a few household things instead of wrestling around broken things.
    Now off to schedule a hair cut and I'm good for the week ;-)

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 14 cheers 2017-05-19 19:16:05

    I tried to grow my hair out a bit. It was just over shoulder length and looked terrible.

    Made an appointment at a new stylist and now it's over 2 inches shorter again. Short neck, longer in the front.

    I'm not doing to great at the growing out it seems, but I like the new style :-)

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    • ahorrasi
      ahorrasi 2 cheers 2017-05-19 22:11:15

      @spatz that's funny i'm the opposite i HAVE to have long hair or else i can't stand to look at myself!

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-21 05:13:22

        @ahorrasi I had hair down over the shoulders for most of my life, too - but lately it's just getting on my nerves. Do you enjoy your long hair?

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        • ahorrasi
          ahorrasi 0 cheers 2017-05-24 07:44:57

          @spatz definitely much better than i would short! The only time it's ever a real prblem is when i lapse on grooming (frighteningly often for a woman my age) and thenit gets matted - I would consider going the dreds route before cutting it, though, that's for sure!

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          • spatz
            spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-25 07:27:23

            @ahorrasi An acquaintance that had dreads claimed they were even more maintenance than "normal" hair. Ouch. I've had matting, too, it's just my babyfine hair. Putting it up or back helped πŸ€”

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 10 cheers 2017-03-24 20:17:10

    There was some doinkery around today and I admit I let it get to me and became mad. I said a some unkind things.
    That's not exactly where I want to be. Somehow, it's still getting to me.
    I'll have to think about a new plan to shrugs those things off.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 9 cheers 2017-03-21 19:49:22

    Another checkup at the dentist and nothing bad showed up. Teeth are clean and the wisdom tooth doesn't look too bad.
    Next checkup - 6 month to go.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-21 07:25:29


    • It's been some time, and I'll try and write a bit again

    • Summer heat gave way to autumn cool suddenly

    • Family visits and a vacation

    • Coffee and a lovely city walk

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 6 cheers 2017-07-16 19:45:32


    • There's a thing like too cold even in summer

    • A quiet hike along the mountainside

    • Fun visiting an old church and an even older castle

    • Rhododendron bushes

    • Alpacas, highland cattle and a llama

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 6 cheers 2017-07-16 06:34:47


    • A cooler day to prepare for the returning heat next week

    • A football match watched

    • Planning vacation and break

    • And a street art event

    • and there's friends sharing vacation photos

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-14 19:34:59


    • A day off and a rainy morning

    • A well woman checkup done

    • Plans for a spa stay in autumn started

    • And we ordered tickets for a street art event on the waters - the photos looked wonderful!

    • And I had a four week streak of my breathing and stretching exercises. Go me!

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 6 cheers 2017-07-13 20:13:45


    • A work day behind me and a day off before me

    • A company summer party at work

    • No rain for a change

    • And an early night for me

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12/02/2017
  • spatz
    spatz Doing 4 cheers 2017-07-14 19:43:09

    A 28 day streak of stretching me feet and the inflammation has almost gone done. Metatarsals are feeling much better, an the tendons sloooowly lengthen and relax.
    I'll keep that up for sure.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 13 cheers 2017-04-23 09:45:24

    Somehow, I lost another kg over Easter. Admittedly, I still have most of the candy around - but the loss is a bit unexpected.
    Well, the journey continues, it seems.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 16 cheers 2017-02-23 06:15:26

    Another milestone covered on the way to feeling better - I'm down another kg. Not dieting, still. It's been a journey of more than a year now and so far, it works well.
    Let's see where the journey takes me.

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22/06/2017
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Breathe 1 person is doing this
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10/04/2017
Every Day
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18/02/2017
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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-20 08:10:33

    Loan 91 - Minie from Liberia

    This months loan goes to

    http://www.kiva.org/lend/1350697

    A loan of $350 helps to buy more ingredients that will be used to prepare cooked food to sell.

    Minie's story
    Meet Minie. She is 45 years old and married, with four children. Minie has two children who are presently in school while living at home. She never had the opportunity to attend school. She runs a business where she prepares cooked food to sell. She has been involved in this business for six years and she described herself as a strong and hardworking business woman. Minie often spends nine hours per day, Monday through Saturday, at her business site. She began her business with her own savings and learned the trade by herself. She uses a car to transport supplies to her business site. She has had no problem with her business. To increase business, Minie had asked for a loan through Kiva's field partner BRAC Liberia to buy more ingredients that will be used to prepare cooked food to sell. She likes her business because sales are fast. She feels proud of her business because it is profitable. Minie dreams of building a shop and educating her children in the future. She wishes to say thanks.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-24 19:15:43

    Loan 90 - Pualhaj Las Gradas Group from Guatemala

    This months loan goes to

    https://www.kiva.org/lend/1337837

    A loan of $3,025 helps a member to purchase and sell traditional clothing such as: gΓΌipils, sashes, and hand-woven cloth.

    Pualhaj Las Gradas Group's story
    MarΓ­a is a great woman with great aspirations for her life. She says that her traditional-clothing business went very well for her. This was possible because of the help from the loan, which contributed to the improvement of her income.

    MarΓ­a now is looking for a new loan which she will invest in the purchase of more traditional clothing merchandise to continue growing the traditional clothing business, such as: gΓΌipils, sashes, and hand-woven cloth.

    Her greatest desire is to have a chain of traditional-clothing stores.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-25 06:58:43

    Loan 89 - Paul from Zambia

    This months loan goes to

    https://www.kiva.org/lend/1320663

    A loan of $1,900 helps to obtain a solar water pump to help irrigate his crops.

    Paul is a 62-year-old small-scale farmer based in the Chisamba District of Zambia’s Central Province. Paul has lived in Chisamba for over twenty-nine years with his wife and three children and has been farming for twenty-four years. Paul is asking for a loan so that he can obtain a solar water pump to help irrigate his crops.

    Paul grows a variety of crops on his farm including soya beans, maize, tomatoes, and onions. Due to the high cost of irrigation equipment, Paul has had to rely on the rain or manually draw water from a shallow well on his farm using buckets. After harvest Paul takes his crops to markets in Lusaka, a few hours drive from Chisamba, where they fetch a more favourable price than at markets around his farm's area. A solar water pump would greatly reduce the labour required and increase the efficiency of the irrigation during the dry season.

    Rent-to-Own is interested in testing out new irrigation technologies that are not widely available in the Zambian market, such as the solar water pump. With the cost of solar power dropping each year in conjunction with the rising costs of fuel in the region, solar technologies are becoming a more viable option. Rent-to-Own will deliver the solar water pump directly to Paul's farm and will provide Paul with training on how to use and maintain the pump properly.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-05-23 18:43:43

    Loan Nr 88 Grupo Las Hermanas Panquiney Group from Guatemala

    http://www.kiva.org/lend/1300336

    Marta is a woman who works very hard to get ahead with her family. She says she is very happy for the advances she has made with her previous loan, which allowed her to improve her living conditions and to better serve her clients.
    With the goal of continuing to prosper with her business, she is now requesting a new loan to invest in the purchase of more merchandise for her business where she sells traditional clothing. She sells products such as gΓΌipiles, corsets, and skirts.
    Her greatest desire is to improve her family's living conditions.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 15 cheers 2017-04-23 11:04:06

    Loan Nr 87 - Rudi from Indonesia

    http://www.kiva.org/lend/1277846

    A loan of $4,000 helps to buy 250 water filters to provide 1250 people with safe drinking water in Indonesia.

    Rudi's story

    Rudi lives in Lepadi village on the island of Sumbawa, a relatively poor island in eastern Indonesia. He is a father of three and is the owner of a building materials store in his home village. Rudi became the head of the village’s municipal organization of sanitation entrepreneurs, which was founded with the help of the NGOs Simawi and Plan International.

    As in any other part of Indonesia, one cannot drink the water from the tap in Sumbawa. Therefore, many households boil their water using ever more expensive LGP or wood. Boiling water is time-consuming, and it is not effective in treating turbid water.

    Nazava water filters turn dirty water into water that is ready to drink without the need for boiling it first. Rudi learned about Nazava water filters at a training session in November, 2016, and he is convinced this is a great solution for the drinking water issues in his area.

    Rudi has applied for a 52,856,250 IDR loan through Kiva's field partner Nazava to buy 250 filters to sell through a network of entrepreneurs within his organization. The products will supply safe drinking water to 1,250 people.

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14/06/2017
  • spatz
    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-21 17:34:15

    So far, I've weeded out my digital photos up to 2008. the plan is to get up to 2014 and then put them all in their folders and collections. So far, so good.

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 7 cheers 2017-07-06 08:25:09
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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 8 cheers 2017-06-14 05:30:52

    While most of my photos are stored on Flickr, it's a huge mess. I'll have to sort through the last three years photos and cull and make folders. Plus, there's the old photos that need to be scanned and stored. And then there's a backup copy to be made.

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    • cia007
      cia007 3 cheers 2017-06-14 13:20:44

      @spatz I can fully relate to this challenge- I wish you persistence and success with this goal, and I hope you can create something meaningful from it!! I've been tempted myself to just order a bunch of those online photo books and have them printed....will maybe do that for my Italy trip.....

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-14 19:32:40

        @cia007 Thank you! I hope it will work out. And I hope your Italy trip book comes out great! I've ordered a few of those online books for travels and they were very nice.

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    • ahorrasi
      ahorrasi 1 cheers 2017-06-14 15:56:20

      @spatz this is a constant challnge, all right, amazing how files duplicate, too

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30/06/2017
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Get a hobby 12 people are doing this
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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 8 cheers 2017-05-20 07:04:25

    So, with the new feature for new users, I'm suddenly having over 300 followers. What a strange feeling.
    I hope they'll get to stay around a bit here and be active - new friends perhaps? Hi!

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    • sashasteedly
      sashasteedly Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-09 13:04:47

      I am new here so I've been doing a lot of poking around. Your posts do stand out with honesty and I can relate to them.

      You have a big personality. So shine superstar and enjoy the love

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-09 15:37:40

        @sashasteedly Welcome! I hope you stay around - and thank you for your kind words. I'm just a small person like all of us. And I'm happy to meet new friends!

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01/08/2017
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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-11 05:05:24

    @sahlavit @kuntzman - Are you around here? Is there anyone?

    There's tons of spam all around and almost nothing gets deleted.

    It feels like spammers seo paradise here, and it makes me want to remove any personal content.

    I've very tried to contact you via the help page, but no one replies.

    Is there anyone around?

    😦

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    • ExplorerSoul
      ExplorerSoul 1 cheers 2017-08-11 15:53:22
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    • beequeen
      beequeen 1 cheers 2017-08-11 16:18:18

      @spatz Hmmmmmm, jeeze I really hope they haven't abandoned ship. What do you mean by "spammers seo paradise"? I am kind of ignorant about all that. What information about us could be gleaned from our postings here? Is it something to be concerned about re: identity theft, etc?

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-11 16:26:15

        @beequeen SEO is search engine optimization - spammers try to get their links into any and all web pages to get more hits to show up earlier in google search (for example). Most of those spammers couldn't care less about us.
        There's the classic spammers around, too, trying to sell us anything - they mostly live in the questions, and, it seems, in the travel goal. At least that's where I see them. I don't want to get spam in my feed just because I have a travel goal.
        I'm quite sure there's nothing to be feared personally, spammers typically aren't identity thieves or such.
        They're basically annoying and make reading entries uninteresting. If you don't see anything of them, you're on the luckier side here &#xsmile;. You'll find them if you look into the new goals under explore...

        I'm not sure where @sahlavit and @kuntzman went. Kuntzman hasn't been around in three months and sahlavit hasn't replied, too. It feels a bit like a ship without a captain here...

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    • diamondlightfoot
      diamondlightfoot 1 cheers 2017-08-11 16:29:18

      @spatz I reported the ones that I could see where spam and it's pretty much stopped for me.

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-11 16:33:11

        @diamondlightfoot I reported them, too, and while those that I reported stopped, there's new ones coming in.
        I'm not sure if they stopped because I reported them. Most of them seem to appear just once, post their spam and leave.
        And in the last two weeks, no spam has been deleted, strangely.

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        • diamondlightfoot
          diamondlightfoot 1 cheers 2017-08-11 16:39:07

          @spatz Maybe they're on vacation. πŸ™‚ I report the ones I notice and that's slowed down a LOT. I had hundreds (literally) friending me and then spamming my feed for several weeks before I started reporting them. I looked in travel and reported another one with a lot of links. that were pretty much all self promotion. I don't mind one or two, but that was just carried away. I don't know what the answer is. I'll keep reporting them as I find them.

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-11 16:36:49
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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-19 17:27:29

    The spammers are back, it seems. New goals is a spam fest, and there's obvious spam in the popular questions. @sahlavit , could you please take a look?

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-05 18:58:06

    It looks like almost all of the spamming hordes were deleted. Yay!

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-05 11:04:21

    And the follower numbers are going down, hooray. I'm down 23 spammers. That's great.
    Edit: Down another 106. Yay!

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  • spatz
    spatz Doing 9 cheers 2017-07-05 05:27:01

    So, I tried and set up a secondary account to test. There's a ton of captchas to fill out, email verification, and no more suggestions of users to follow. That looks good, really. I hope it stops the spamming hordes.

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14/08/2017
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