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The Friday Five for 22 July 2022 – Cleaning

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Answers to this week’s questions at

1) What’s the most cluttered spot in your home?

Probably this one kitchen drawer which holds all my bigger-than-spoons-and-forks utensils. It’s hard to get closed because it’s so full. I’ve been vaguely thinking for a couple of years that I should go through it. But I haven’t because there’s no place to put them anywhere else, and throwing out isn’t an option because I need them. If I threw them out, I’d only end up buying a new one within a few years anyway. So yeah, that drawer needs de-cluttering but until I think of somehow to store the rarely used ones that isn’t too inconvenient to reach, it’ll keep on waiting.

2) What’s your method for de-cluttering?

I don’t have a method, I do it when it’s needed/things get on my nerves. But I don’t really de-clutter these days – I don’t have that much clutter in my opinion. When I was younger, sure, but I got better about it and now make an effort to put everything in their place right away or throw it out instead of keeping it “just in case” but then never actually need it. If something’s out, there’s a reason for it and it gets put away when the reason doesn’t exist anymore.

For the last year or so, I’ve been getting these weird bursts of restless energy after a migraine attack, so now I try to take advantage of that and de-clutter or clean something when it happens. But I have to be careful not to over-do it, or perform an action that irritates my head, because otherwise the migraine might re-start itself. But I like these bursts of energy a lot because they’re pretty much the only time I feel energetic these days. All the other time it’s a fight to do something.

3) What are your favorite cleaning products?

I really lvoe the organic, ecological cleaning soap ( made by Saaren Taika, it’s very effective for all my kitchen needs and most of the other cleaning too. It’s for many uses, so I’m currently using it as well as finishing up the cleaning products I had bought before it. Saaren Taika shampoo has also been a life saver in another way – my scalp started to itch terribly and to get a rash when I used store-bought shampoos, but switching to Saaren Taika’s organic shampoos eliminated the itching almost completely. They’re all expensive but it’s worth the price, and also because with Saaren Taika shampoos I don’t need to buy hydrocortizone scalp solution from the drugstore to put on my scalp to help with the rash so it almost evens out any way. They also almost all the time have sales on, so I’ve rarely had to pay full price on the items I’m interested in. If I had more money I’d love to try more of their many, many products.

For the toilet bowl my favorite is Klorin liquid which is a bleach and disinfectant solution.

4) What helps get you motivated to clean up?

Getting that weird burst of energy I mentioned in #2. When people are coming over. Or when I just get fed up with something in particular and clean it.

5) What’s the most organized spot in your home?

My couch. It’s a two-seater, and the other seat holds my main notebooks (5 of them), a notepad for note taking, headache diary page and a small storage case where I keep the pens and fountain pens currently inked. There’s also a rag for cleaning my eye glasses and a spot for my smartphone.

My desk is also well organized – it might look a little cluttered for someone else, but everything is actually in it’s place.

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Jo’s Weekly Questions – July 17-31, 2022

17. July 17 is “World Emoji Day”. Do you use emojis?

🥰 I love emojies!

18. What is your biggest indulgence?

Fountain pens and fountain pen ink. I love them but I don’t really need them; other cheaper pens could take fountain pens’ place. I just wouldn’t enjoy using them as much, and I get frustrated when they keep drying out too quickly. That’s why I got into fountain pens in the first place.

19. What’s something terrifying that we’ve all come to accept as a fact of life?

Corporations having so much political and economic power. What’s good for a corporation is almost never good for a person/the employee.

20. Are you good at keeping secrets? Is it ever okay to share a secret?

I’m pretty good. If any person’s life and/or sanity is in jeopardy or somebody is being hurt, I think it’s not only okay to share a secret, but you have an obligation to do so.

21. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

When adults or adulting ruin them.

22. What would you genetically change about humans to make them a better species?

I’d either give men periods, or remove the necessity of women having them — this immediately came to mind. But I can’t decide which because a not-insignificant part of me wants men to bleed, suffer a lot of pain and discomfort once a month for a week for decades and have it belittled by a lot of doctors and nurses and by society at large. Because I’m petty like that.

23. Have you ever worked retail?

Nope! At least I don’t think so? Library work is customer service, yes, but we don’t try to sell products and it’s my understading that retail involves selling products.

24. A robot wrote this entire article. Another wrote and performed poetry. Should we be scared?

Maybe? If AI achieves self-consciousness, maybe.

25. Omnivore, vegetarian, vegan or something else?

Omnivore but a quite a picky eater.

26. Does anything hurt today?

My head. But only a little, and nothing out of the ordinary so no big deal.

27. Who was the last person to make you angry?

A right-wing politician.

28. When was the last time you properly cleaned out your refrigerator?

I don’t remember exactly when it was… so, much too long! I’ve done spot cleaning when necessary, but full wipe down… About a year ago? I’ve been thinking the last two weeks that I should do it, and de-freeze the freezer too.

29. Is there anything you regularly lie about?

Regularly? No.

30. Do you mostly do specific chores on specific days each week (e.g. groceries on Saturday, laundry on Wednesday, etc.)?

Nope. I do do groceries at regular intervals at the start and end of the week, the day isn’t specific but the interval usually is – it’s usually three days. It’s not so much by plan as that’s when I run out of certain things… I don’t have a car so I’m limited by what I can carry and that means grocery runs usually every three days.

31. Of this month’s questions, which was your favourite?

The emoji one!

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The Friday Five for July 15, 202

1. How tall would you like to be if you had the chance to choose?

I’m 161 centimeters tall and I’d like to be a little taller – around 170cm, I think. All the clothes, cars seats, cabinets etc. are made for people taller than me so I’d really love to be a little taller!

2. How often do you change your sheets?

Probably not often enough. I don’t do it on schedule, more like feeling like changing them that night.

3. When is it time to repurpose an old towel?

The old towels dry me the best (the fabric is completely different than in the newer towels I have) so I keep them pretty much until they fall apart. I don’t repurpose them, I just throw them out. The oldest towels I have are at least around 40 years old and they’re still almost as new because I always use the same several ones until they fall apart before letting myself take another into use. I’ve never bought myself a towel – people apparently loved to give them as gifts in the 1980s. So we had dozens of them, and divided them between myself and my Mom when she moved out with her then-new SO into their new home and I stayed in my childhood home for a few years more in the 1990s. I’ll probably never run out of old, unused towels!

4. Do you need to make a trip to a secondhand store to drop something off?


5. What was the last book you borrowed from the library?

I went to the library on Friday and actually borrowed three books: Hangman by Faye Kellerman; Hiljainen, huomaamaton murha by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis; Pimeä jää by Tuire Malmstedt. They’re all thrillers and murder mysteries.

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Friday 5 for July 15: Scrivening

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Answers to today’s questions at

1. What are your strengths as a writer?

I can write description and introspection until the cows come home. This is both a blessing and a weakness because it’s so easy to procrastinate by writing that instead of actions & progressing plot.

2. What are your challenges as a writer?

I find dialogue extremely hard to write. It always feels unnatural to me while I write and then later on too, when I read it.

3. When did you last write creatively?

July 13, 2022.

4. Which writers did you especially enjoy when you were a student?

Dean R. Koontz and not a specific writer, but those 1980s and early/mid-90s Star Trek novels as a whole.

5. What is your handwriting like?

I write print mostly, only regularly sign my name in cursive.

My cursive looks adolescent, like a child wrote it – awful, except for my name which looks a little bit better because it’s the thing I’ve written in cursive the last 35 years or so for hundreds of time.

I’m now quite satisfied with my print currently… two years ago I changed how I print the letter “a” – I used to write it with the typewriter font “a” (that’s how we were taught to print in school in the early 80s) but now I write it like in this picture:

This new font changed entirely how my print writing looks – it used to look disjointed and not attractive, but the new font I’m using makes everything look more regular, neater and rounded. I like it very much. In the last several weeks I’ve noticed that I’ve started to print other letters a little rounder as well, and I think that makes my printing look neater compared to the old way where some of my letter leaned a little bit backwards while others leaned a tiny bit forward. With this newer font, I somehow print more even.