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March 2020

Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We're all okay at the moment. I need to go grocery shopping when we're done here, and that now comes with a mild level of stress, since it's the only place I go where there are crowds. The good news is that I can generally get in and out of there pretty quickly. What a weird thing to be anxious about, but these are weird times. I finally used our old treadmill yesterday, and it worked beautifully after years of inactivity. It was great to get a real sweat going for the first... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Did you get the same crazy thunderstorm we had here last night? It's been so long since we had one, I almost didn't recognize the sound at first, but it got loud and bright real fast. There also may have been hail at one point. All of that craziness kept BDH and Little Buddha up past their bedtime, but they still got a decent night's sleep, so things should fine today. Right now, they're loving listening to the chirping birds. They're also excited to tell you that the garden is showing signs of... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How's it going? We're all just plugging away here at the moment. After talking to BDH and Little Buddha, I decided I need to start getting some exercise at home. I'm in noticeably worse shape since the gym closed, and it doesn't look like that's going to reopen anytime soon. The last thing I need is for the quarantine to give me an underlying health condition. The guys think this is a great idea, probably because they just get to watch and cheer me on...which actually sounds pretty good to me. I've already done my push-ups... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Congratulations on surviving another crazy week. I'm not sure what our weekend plan is, but BDH and Little Buddha want to finish their new program today. It's called a Netflix series called "Tiger King," and oh my god, is it crazy. It's a show about this group of private zoo operators, but it's got murder, drugs, a sex cult, and each character is more outrageous than the one before them. We heard some sports radio guys talking about it at length (since there are no sports to discuss), so we thought we'd give it a shot.... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? We're dragging a bit here this morning. We stayed up for all three "One Chicago" programs last night, which was fun, but it resulted in not getting enough sleep. Turns out those were probably the three season finales, thanks to the coronavirus shutting shows down prematurely. Now I need to find something else for BDH and Little Buddha to look forward to each week. There must be something we can find on a streaming service. Feel free to drop us your recommendations at info@clearingouttheclutter.com. In any case,... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We're all just plugging away here. BDH and Little Buddha finished one of their books, and then they wrote their review yesterday, so that kept them busy while I did laundry and shoveled some of the snow. I actually left a lot of the snow on the driveway, because I figured it would help dilute some of remaining salt as it melted. A few of the plants are coming back into view as the snow recedes, which is terrific. Gardening season looks like it will be an even bigger focus than usual this... Read more →


There once was a young girl known as Ace who traveled through space and time with the 7th Doctor (known to her as "Professor.") The two had many exciting adventures together, but the Doctor had a strong manipulative streak that eventually led to them parting ways after a terrible incident. Thirty years later, the former Ace is now known as Dorothy McShane, a millionaire philanthropist who runs the organization, "A Charitable Earth." She's moved on with her life after saying goodbye to the Doctor. However, something is pulling her back to an otherworldly danger, as well as to the newest... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We're all doing fine at the moment, although I'm in denial about the new snow outside. It's not really all "that" bad, but it just seems like overkill given everything else going on these days. I'll probably deal with that this afternoon for today's exercise. There are a couple of other small items on today's to-do list to take care of around here, so hopefully that will distract me for a bit. BDH and Little Buddha think I should focus on the important things, like the fact that they made coffee. They've got... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you all doing? We're plugging away on this end and keeping our distance from other people as much as possible. Today's big social distancing activity involves multiple loads of laundry. We like to live on the edge here, friends. BDH and Little Buddha say they don't like that there's a health crisis happening, but they do like having extra time with me each day. Those two really know how to butter a guy up, which is just fine with me. Maybe they were just trying to prepare me for today's weather forecast, which calls... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Feels like today could be a challenge. I woke up at 1:00 in the morning and couldn't go back to sleep until 3:30. It's not like I felt stressed, I just wasn't tired anymore. I slept in a little bit to make up for it, but I'm still dragging. I'm planning on going for a walk later, and then maybe I'll just hang out with BDH and Little Buddha while they read their book. The guys say the first step to making a plan for the day is to have some coffee. They're... Read more →