Inspiration for The Glade

Ever since our master bathroom has been finished Charlie has complained about not being able to see himself well enough in the mirrors to get a close shave.

Charlie’s mirror is the larger over the master bathroom vanity.

We have plenty of mirrors but he likes to have a really close mirror with a lot of light.

Note the lighted round mirror in the upper left corner.

I remember loving the makeup mirror at The Benjamin Hotel in New York City when we visited in 2017.

The mirror in the San JUan bathroom was no frills but very convenient.

And while we were recently in Puerto Rico Charlie gushed about the shaving mirror in the bathroom at our casita in San Juan.

I have ordered this electric makeup mirror.

So I think I have found just the right birthday gift for a man who wants to see himself in a better light.

Do you have a mirror that works better than others?

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Seriously Clearing Up

I found of list of 116 things to throw away.

  1. Snacks your pets don’t eat
  2. Wedding invites
  3. Save-the-dates
  4. Broken or old iPhone cases
  5. Address labels for your old house
  6. Delete unwanted music from your iTunes
  7. Cell phone covers you’re over

Naturally I started crossing of items that don’t apply to me (above).  Ah, success.

This week I’m going to get busy on:

  1.  CDs
  2. Shoes that don’t fit or that you don’t wear

    My shoes are stacked in my closet — maybe I don’t need all these.
  3. Extra photo prints
  4. Tired bras
  5. Clothes that don’t fit
  6. Expired sauces
  7. Dried-up nail polish
  8. Damaged clothing you can’t mend
  9. Stained clothing you can’t clean
  10. Old underwear or swimwear that’s losing its stretch
  11. Pens that don’t work
  12. Clothing you’ve outgrown
  13. Worn-out shoes
  14. Expired food
Two of a set of three are swimming off to another home.

Then I pulled out my inherited fish collection and located a threesome of glass dolphins.  I decided my niece would probably enjoy this little school of fish which had belonged to her grandmother.

I’m biting the bullet and giving away clothes I’ll never wear again.

And I have a large box half full of clothing to give away to a church rummage sale.  I plan to fill it by the end of the week.

What are you ready to pitch?

Occasional Chore

I change the sheets on our bed every week.

The head of the bed was becoming droopy.

I noticed the side where I sleep was more depressed than other parts of the bed.

We did not flip this time; we only rotated 180 degrees.

I asked Charlie to spin the mattress 180 degrees so the foot of the bed on his side would now be the area where I sleep.

My side (without the pillows) seems firmer.

According to this website we should be rotating (or preferably flipping) the mattress every six months. We have been very lax in this.

A good shot of my new bargain quilt.

Perhaps we can put off buying a new mattress for a little while longer if we flip it more often.

Do you flip or rotate regularly?

We Ate Mofongo

Charlie and I waited until almost our last day in Puerto Rico to try Mofongo which is served almost everywhere.

The outside of Yeyo’s looks very different from the inside.

A little research took us to Yeyo’s at 353 Calle de San Francisco is Old San Juan.

Charlie was interested in music on the television above the kitchen doorway.

While the outside of the building is a pretty orchid purple, inside all the walls are marked up with the names of people who have eaten there. We found an empty spot to write “Charlie & Jo” behind the bench on which we were sitting.

Yeyo’s menu.

Mofongo is a Puerto Rican dish made from fried green plantains which are then mashed with salt, garlic and oil ois a wooden pilón (mortar and pestle). I was sure I wouldn’t like it.

Skirt steak and gravy on top of mofongo served with a small green salad.

Our waiter suggested we try the skirt steak because it was his favorite. Mofongo tastes something like stiff mashed potatoes and really absorbs gravy.  We finished the entire thing. I would order it again.

Have you tried some odd food?

Working the Weekend

The weekend midway through February is loaded with must-do items.

Schedule C for people who are self-employed.

Top priority is to assemble all income tax papers and business numbers.  Unfortunately we have not received W-2 forms and/or 1099s from some music venues (which were due at the end of last month).  It’s always difficult to know where to allocate funds without the proper forms. Grrrrr.

I want to be the one to choose what will be on my grave marker.

And I would like to begin to plan the design for our grave marker.  Charlie and I both have 2 lots each at different cemeteries.  We’ve decided we’d like to be buried near each other so we’ll let one or the other of the plots go to other family members.

The curtains at the door keep a bit of draft from entering the bedroom.

The curtains hanging in the bedroom at the French door need to be finished.  This is the weekend for that.  Charlie has a gig Friday night so I’ll try to start then with the hand sewing.

Paper headed for the shredder.

If I have any time remaining, which I doubt, I’ll continue to shred old and unnecessary documents.

The mission team specially requested Charlie to play their hymn.

On Sunday we’ll be attending a special church service where Sug and her team will be commissioned for her mission trip to Guatemala. She leaves next week.  Charlie is scheduled to play the send-off music.

If there’s more time I’ll start making window shades.

That should keep everyone busy.

What’s keeping you busy?

50-Cent Ferry Across San Juan Bay

While we were in San Juan we learned about the ferry that crossed the bay to Cataño.

The ferry runs from San Juan to Cataño and back.

There’s nothing much to see in Cataño unless you want to go to a bona fide grocery store or tour the Bacardi factory.

We boarded in front of the big froggy on the San Juan side.

The ferry is caught on the south side of San Juan near the docks where the cruise ships come in.  (Apparently Charlie and I just missed seeing the cruise ship that slid into and sunk the dock is San Juan.)

We could see a cruise ship out the window.

We were supposed to buy tickets but didn’t realize it until we were in the line to board.  The gate guard let us board anyway.

On board the ferry.

We cruised cross the bay — about 15 minutes — and disembarked at Cataño.

The Taino woman statue is larger than lifesize.

We walked about a block away from the docks to a large statue of a Taino Indian statue at waterfront park .

This grocery store was almost empty. The one in the center of San JUan was always packed with shoppers resulting in long lines.

Our final destination was the grocery store where  Charlie purchased all kinds of coconut-flavored items: coconut water, coconut macaroons, coconut meringues.

Tickets can only be purchased at the ticket booth.

We walked back to the boat dock building and this time purchased tickets for our return voyage.

Aside from the free trolley this cruise was the deal of the trip.

Please note that the tickets were 50 cents and 25 cents respectively.  We could have cruised back and forth all afternoon at that price.

The view across the bay looking toward San Juan. El Morro is on the left.

We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the cruise.

Have you ever been on a cruise ship?

Music in San Juan

Charlie and I are always on the trail of music when we travel.

This restaurant is large inside with two rooms, a stage, and a piano.

We were eager to hear a piano player in San Juan when the maitre’d told us there were only 10 tables and those were only for people ordering a full dinner.  We would be permitted to sit outside and listen.

Triana is near the passenger ship docks in Old San Juan.

We decided instead to cross the street to the Triana Tapas Restaurant where flamenco guitarist Juan Carlos and his dancers were playing.

Triana has a Spanish flair.

When their show was over Charlie asked if someone would be playing the piano.

We were delighted to find the piano in good tune.

The waitress asked me if I would like to play but, of course, I can’t.  Instead Charlie sat down at the Yamaha baby grand and played tunes from The Great American Songbook.

Juan Carlos and Charlie.

Juan Carlos stopped by to listen for a few minutes and  to chat with Charlie.

Charlie played for about half an hour then we strolled uptown.

Someday I might do a post on all the unusual places Charlie has been able to play.

What’s your instrument?