It was much like the flooring we had installed in the new sections of the house except the finish was a little rougher. We got a quote for the conservatory floor but intend to look at a few more places before we make a decision.
Just next door to Lumber Liquidators was a Party City where we stopped to buy plates, napkins, and cups for next week’s party.
Finally we went to the Timberland outlet to buy shoes for Charlie and me that we could hike and ride mules when we get to the Grand Canyon this fall.
Have you had experience with discount flooring stores?
I’ve decided to go with a Pulitzer Prize winning classic: To Kill a Mocking Bird. I’ve seen the movie but I don’t ever remember reading the novel so I’m excited to get started.
I mapped out a plan for reading and discussing the book which I put into a letter that would serve both as an invitation and syllabus for the study. The group will be limited to 8 people.
I wanted to make the expectations clear from the beginning so the people who commit to the group can presume that others will do the assignments and be on hand for our weekly discussions.
To start with I sent the invitation to about 20 people via email, U.S. postal service, and hand delivery. The first person I cleared the invitation with was Charlie. He informed me he can’t promise to do the reading so he’s opting out. Perhaps he’ll take over the chore of providing hot and cold beverages for the group. It would be quite extraordinary to have our own barista.
If enough people opt in — 4 minimum — we’ll give it a go. I plan to supply the books so that we’ll all be working from the same edition when citing pages and paragraphs.
After we read the book I would plan for the group to watch the movie starring Gregory Peck in the conservatory.
I enlisted an unknowing accomplice to give a thank you card with cash enclosed to a person who is struggling to finance a children’s ministry.
#28 Put a note somewhere (like in a book) for a stranger to find.
Here’s a task I will probably never know the outcome of. The note was encouraging and tucked in a hymnal.
#87 Send anonymous flowers to someone.
I decided to get a hanging basket instead of cut flowers. When I couldn’t find one as pretty as the flowers filling the urns at work, our farm manager offered to provide one. I left it on the steps of an unsuspecting friend.
#94 Organize cookbooks.
The cookbooks are still old and torn but no longer in disarray.
Now that these are accomplished, I’m attacking 4 more tasks.
#15 Host a Book Club.
I’m not sure I know 8 people who would like to read a book together and discuss it. At first I thought I’d choose a short book but now I’ve decided to go with a classic: To Kill a Mocking Bird. After we read the 384 page book I would plan to watch the movie starring Gregory Peck.
#43 Treat a friend to lunch.
This should be so easy and so done by now. Problem is I work during the week where lunch is provided which leaves only Saturdays and Sundays to complete this item. The person I was planning to take to lunch just told me she prefers not to eat in restaurants so maybe I’ll have to think in another direction. But actually the wording allows for me to prepare lunch and offer it. I think I’m the one who would actually like to go out to a restaurant. I’m shooting for finishing this on Saturday.
#50 Read the Bible in a year.
Since my 101 Tasks in 1001 Days ends a little more than a year from now, I realized I’d better get started. There are a number of methods to reading the Bible:
Beginning to End: Read the Bible from start to finish, from Genesis to Revelation.
Chronological: Read the Bible as its events occurred in real time. For example, Job lived sometime after the beginning of creation (Genesis 1) but before Abraham was born (Genesis 12). As a result, the Book of Job is integrated into the Book of Genesis.
Historical: Read the books of the Bible as they were written historically, according to the estimated date of their writing.
New then Old: Read through the New Testament first, then read through the Old Testament.
Old and New: Each day includes a passage from both the Old Testament and New Testament.
I’m choosing “Chronological” and using this website. I’ll be starting May 1st.
#83 Visit a botanical garden.
Spring should be a grand time to visit a botanical garden. The most convenient one for me to visit is the Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10-4. Shooting for May 1st.
This is a more challenging list than the former. I started with the easiest items first. But I’m encouraged to get keep going.
Do you have something special planned for this week?
One departure from my usual presentation will be paper plates and napkins and plastic utensils and cups. That is not my usual M.O. but with the main focus being “the books,” disposable products should simplify our serving and cleaning up process.
I don’t want to forget easily accessible trash bins.