High Hopes for Saturday

All week I’ve been expecting that Charlie and the Viking would start laying the floor in the conservatory and master hallway.

One end of the master bedroom is a holding place for our mess from the hall and closet.
One end of the master bedroom is a holding place for our mess from the hall and closet.

Charlie has texted him a number of times with no response. My hopes are dashed.

The master hall floor has been cleared.
The master hall floor has been cleared.

I had already started moving things out of the hall and into the bedroom.

My side of the closet is almost clear.
My side of the closet is almost clear.

Also out of the closet

Charlie has a lot to clear up on his side of the closet.
Charlie has a lot to clear up on his side of the closet.

Instead I’m going to try to at least get the bathroom pendants hung.

Master bathroom vanity pendants.
Master bathroom vanity pendants.

I’m hoping by the end of the week to have a new contractor on the payroll.

Are you making a significant change?

I Transplanted the Orchids

All of my orchids have bloomed.

Orchid in fill bloom
Orchid in fill bloom

They have lost almost all their blossoms.

Here's what's left.
Here’s what’s left.

I know orchids eventually lose their blossoms but I was concerned about the dry. shriveled appearance of the leaves. (See the center pot above.)

The brown roots seemed to be dead.
The brown roots seemed to be dead.

I took each plant from its plastic insert and trimmed the dead looking roots.

The plastic pots help the roots to drain so they don't stay too wet.
The plastic pots help the roots to drain so they don’t stay too wet.

Then I packed them back in the plastic reticulated pots with bark chips.

Orchids roots need water but also like air.
Orchids roots need water but also like air.

I gave each a good shower and set them in a bright window.

One of the plants with strappy leaves has a small new-growth leaf.
One of the plants with strappy leaves has a small new-growth leaf.

Hoping they’ll perk up.

What houseplants do you grow?

A New Router with New Problems

I use Verizon Fios internet at home.

As far as I am concerned my outdated router was fine.
As far as I am concerned my outdated router was fine.

I received a notice that I must either update to a new router or Verizon would charge a monthly fee to maintain the one I have.

The new router came with new wires.
The new router came with new wires.

I opted to update and buy the new router which was probably a big mistake.

The "internet" light was orange but it's supposed to be green.
The “internet” light was orange but it’s supposed to be green.

When I first booted it up all the lights were green except the “internet” light which was amber. Naturally I couldn’t get my computer to connect so I checked on-line and found this YouTube explanation.

The dark section behind the wire is a hornet's nest which Charlie ultimately cleared out.
The dark section behind the wire is a hornet’s nest which Charlie ultimately cleared out.

First I went outside to see if the box with the buttons described in the video were there. Unfortunately when I opened the outdoor box it had a wasp nest and was filled with wasps who weren’t happy I had opened the box.

The buttons are labeled: Alarm Silence (top) and Battery Emergency Use (bottom).
The buttons are labeled: Alarm Silence (top) and Battery Emergency Use (bottom).

Actually the correct box is inside the living room just under the window.  As the video instructed I held both blue buttons down until I heard a beep.

I hate this technical stuff.
I hate this technical stuff.

When I went back upstairs all the router lights were green but I still couldn’t get my computer to connect. (I had already connected my iPhone and iPad.) I turned off the computer and started it again this time logging on as administrator.  The system allowed me to hook up.

Do you hesitate to get new technology? Or are you up to the minute?

Another Tree Down

We have lost so many large oak trees in the past 15 or so years on our property. Some have spontaneously fallen, other have been blown down by hurricanes, and others have just died.

It's a scary tree.
It’s a scary tree.

The only big oak remaining in the center of the property was carefully removed yesterday.

If the oak fell the way it's leaning it would crush the Cottage.
If the oak fell the way it’s leaning it would crush the Cottage.

It was covered with fungus and very near a large sugar maple.  The sugar maple is still in tact but the dead oak has been sawn down to a stump.

The tree cutter is standing
The tree cutter is standing on the diagonal limb.

The tree service did not bring a boom truck but instead had a serious climber go up into the tree.

Some of the branches ended up in the chipper.
Some of the branches ended up in the chipper.

Limb by heavy limb the pieces were cut and lowered to the ground.

Charlie is standing among the rounds to give an idea of scale.
Charlie is standing among the rounds to give an idea of scale.

After the pieces were lowered to the ground the lumbermen cut them into more manageable rounds.

This is the third dead tree we've had taken down this year.
This is the third dead tree we’ve had taken down this year.

We will either list these rounds on Craigslist or Charlie will split them.

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Here’s a shot of the Cottage with the tree removed.  Compare it to the blog’s header which clearly shows the tree.

Do you like heights?

The Last Week in July

We have NOT been getting projects finished at The Glade.

Charlie spent yesterday clearing the base of the tree so the fellers could cut it down to the ground.
Charlie spent yesterday clearing the base of the tree so the fellers could cut it down to the ground.

This week, however, we’re trying to check items off the list.

I can assure that the tree, not the house, is leaning.
I can assure that the tree, not the house, is leaning.

Charlie has set up the tree service to cut down and cut up our big, dead oak for this afternoon.

The lower cabinet must be pulled out so new red oak flooring can be laid in the hall.
The lower cabinet must be pulled out so new red oak flooring can be laid in the hall.

Meanwhile I’m making a master plan of how to clear the sub-floors that we hope will be floored on the weekend.

  1. Hang 2 lighting fixtures in the bathroom.
  2. Make room in the back bedroom for Charlie’s highboy and move it there.
  3. Move building supplies and cabinet out of the master bedroom hallway into the bedroom.
  4.  Move all clothes and cabinets out of the master closet into the master bedroom.
  5. Move all furniture from the conservatory into the dining room.
  6. Move the flooring lumber from the living room into the dining room.
  7. Unbury the chop saw in the Cottage bring it to the house.

That list alone should ruin my week.

I listed the dresser in the middle of the room on Craigslist with the goal to sell it.
I listed the dresser in the middle of the room on Craigslist with the goal to sell it.
The dresser has been sold.
The dresser has been sold.

I sold the mid-century dresser in the Cottage. Now we have a nice empty space.

The ceiling will be patched with spackle.
The ceiling will be patched with spackle.
The Cottage ceiling is not sheetrock so the seams will remain but the spot that was damaged is now fixed.
The Cottage ceiling is not sheetrock so the seams will remain but the spot that was damaged is now fixed.

In the mean time my future tenant is filling holes and spackling cracks in the Cottage.  The plan is to paint the unpainted ceiling which has already been spot painted with Kilz.

We have a new propane contract for 500 gallons at $2.49 per gallon.
We have a new propane contract for 500 gallons at $2.49 per gallon.

Speaking of the Cottage we are also resigning our pre-pay propane contract. The Cottage has a propane water heater and furnace. The house has a propane water heater and stove. Since the Cottage has been closed up for a couple of years we know we will be using more propane than recently. Charlie is negotiating that contract which we’re hoping will be even less this year due to posted propane prices.

Do you negotiate?

Playing the Music

It was too hot to do anything outside this past weekend but we managed to fit in a family wedding.

Charlie had to provide his own equipment which he carried in with the help of our son.
Charlie had to provide his own equipment which he carried in with the help of our son.

The wedding and reception took place in a 100-year-old mansion/museum in Pennsylvania.

We tucked Charlie into an alcove where he could see the bridal procession coming down the central staircase and the entire service.
We tucked Charlie into an alcove where he could see the bridal procession coming down the central staircase and the entire service.

Naturally Charlie was on hand with the music from the traditional wedding march to “L-O-V-E”.

The central staircase was used for the wedding ceremony.
The central staircase was used for the wedding ceremony.

I used my phone to take a few photos of interesting details in the mansion.

Beautiful cut glass doors.
Beautiful cut glass doors.

There were lots of stained-glass windows but I especially liked the beveled, leaded windows.

I loved this large urn.
I loved this large urn.

There were a pair of large repoussé urns on either side of the front hallway.

Charlie and I are exhausted. (And I did nothing.)

Next week: back to house projects.

Over and Over

I know (from reading many organization articles) that organizing is impossible before getting rid of the clutter.

I collapsed and moved the drafting table to make room for kitchen items.
I collapsed and moved the drafting table to make room for kitchen items.
I moved everything out of the corner to store the counter.
I moved everything out of the corner to store the counter.

I have some large furniture items listed on Craigslist in the interest of paring down our myriad belongings which came to be ours through inheritance and other people’s downsizing.

Tucked behind all that stuff is the mid-century dresser.
Tucked behind all that stuff is the mid-century dresser.

Now that a friend wants to live in the Cottage I have been trying to get our stuff out of there. We have moved everything back and forth at least four times.

The dresser is sitting in the middle of the room.
The dresser is sitting in the middle of the room.

The latest was to pull out the mid-century dresser listed on Craigslist when I received a text from an interested party. I rubbed it with some red oil to clean and nourish the wood.

The bedframe on the left is now behind the dresser across the room.
The bedframe on the left is now behind the dresser across the room.
Bedframe against the wall.
Bedframe against the wall.

And my friend muscled my king-size headboard into the space I cleared.

I have a grander plan.
I have a grander plan.

I know it doesn’t look like it but we are making progress.

Do you have a great organizing tip?