This weekend we’ve got a variety of goals to accomplish.
First our friend the Viking is back to install window trim. We have 3 windows still needing casement: the master closet window
and the circular windows in the new showers.
When the window trim is finished it would be a good time to take the protective film off all windows that still have it on. Unfortunately Charlie told me the peel-off film is now stuck tight. I told him I would take care of it. I hope I can.
If time allows I’d also like the laundry room door hung.
In the mean time I want to create a money tree, clean and decorate the downstairs bathrooms, make a grocery shopping list for the wedding shower, make a party prep timeline for the shower, clean and straighten the first floor, decorate the mantle and dining room in fiesta fashion.
I plan to use items from around the house like this vase I painted ochre a few years ago and my fish plate.
I’m sure the lawn will also get it first cutting this weekend.
My sister has a magnificent Red Wing vintage pottery collection.
On the other hand I have a few pieces of my own.
I also have a large set of dinnerware in the Merrileaf pattern.
As I was perusing eBay I saw a set of cups and saucers. I already have lots of saucers but wanted to add a few more cups.
For a bid of $9.38 I received 8 cups and 7 saucers. For comparison Replacements, Inc. charges $9.99 for one cup and saucer set. Everything came well-packed as indeed it should for an extra shipping charge of $20.
April was a month of progress, pleasure, and plight. We worked on a number of projects:
The master closet although not complete is well on the way to being finished. All supplies have been moved to the closet and out of the living room, dining room, and conservatory. Every weekend in April we — Charlie, my friend and I — did a task or two toward the completion of the master closet.
New Attic Stairs in The Cottage
The Cottage tenant had the stairs to the attic replaced with the hide-away, pull-down attic variety. They are much easier to handle as well as sleeker on the ceiling. Soon she’ll paint the door to match the ceiling and they’ll all but disappear when in closed position.
Crown Molding in The Cottage
Cornice molding in the Cottage as added a finishing touch to the walls. The white trim also sets off the pale grey-green of the ceilings.
By the end of April plants were well on the way toward feeding us.
Although not on the list for April Charlie got busy in his garden as the time was right. He pulled weeds, tilled, and planted.
The weekend after Easter Charlie and I went to see The Doo Wop Project in concert with the Baltimore Symphony. They’re a group of men who starred in Jersey Boys together singing classic tight harmonies . They can really sing and apparently love to perform. Our seats were in the 4th row so we really enjoyed all their antics: singing, dancing, and bantering.
Bridal Shower Planning
Finally we’re getting the house ready for a bridal shower.
I have been working on a menu and festive set up for a the party.
The week after Easter I was called to jury duty. I checked in for Monday and Tuesday by phone and was not needed. Finally on Tuesday night I checked in once again and was dismissed for the rest of the week. I never had to go to the courthouse — woo hoo!
We’ve been working every weekend on building in the master closet.
Although the details are coming together we’re not nearly finished.
The next mundane tasks which I’m going to try to complete are painting all the cut boards, cutting the remaining boards to size, and pocket screwing together the final boxes. The good news is that all the lumber is out of the living room, dining room, and conservatory — the first floor is ready to be transformed into a party venue.
I’m planning to change the living room sofa slip cover from the white one to the grey one. Then I’m cleaning the living room which has been the repository of closet lumber and is now clear of said lumber.
We’re also putting together favors for the bridal shower. My friend has colored bride-gown shaped boxes which we’re planning to fill with ring pops.
In the meantime Charlie has planted his entire garden: tomatoes, Swiss chard, lettuce, radishes, haricots verts, cucumbers and loads of sunflowers are planted.
The Cottage is in store for more improvements in the near future.