The Hodge Podge Season is in Full Swing

Oh, so many things to report.

Day 2 of “Unclutter in 30 Days” is clean the shower including getting rid of the extras and empties that fall every time the curtain is pulled back.

I used my miracle soap scum remover, blue Dawn and vinegar, to clean the 60 year old tub.
I used my miracle soap scum remover, blue Dawn and vinegar, to clean the 60-year-old tub.

The above picture is really as good as it gets until we get the new bathrooms outfitted and renovate this one.  The bathroom tub is clean and decluttered.

Today’s Task
Day 3: Makeup Drawer/Bag

I know, all this for one woman. Scary!
I know, all this for one woman. Scary!

This area is really going to be a challenge since I use a lot of this stuff every day and the cabinet under the sink is already full of things.

On a more pleasant note, I spoke to Chef John yesterday and he’s having a Soup Swap on November 8th and I’m invited.

Containers filled with frozen soup ready for swapping - 2012.
Containers filled with frozen soup ready for swapping – 2012.

When I had the swap in 2012 I made “Healthy Winter Warm-up” soup but I’d like to branch out this year since I’m not hosting I won’t have extra pots of soup to make. And I have a new kitchen.

Tuesday night I went to a “Boost Your Brain” lecture given by Dr. Mahid Fotuhi, noted brain sprecialist with an MD from Harvard and a PhD from Johns Hopkins. These are some of the items I need to incorporate into my life to maintain a healthy brain:

  1. Get physical exercise.
  2. Eat a Mediterranean diet and take DHA
  3. Task your memory
  4. Be mindful – meditate
  5. Get enough sleep

When I arrived home from the “Brain” lecture I noticed the giant bees that had been buzzing around an oak tree in the front yard, congregating on the porch.

European hornet
These hornets are more than an inch long. (That’s not my hand.)

Turns out they are actually European hornets who do their foraging at night and are attracted to light.

What's the point of having beautiful lights if I can't turn them on?
What’s the point of having beautiful lights if I can’t turn them on?

So I guess I shouldn’t leave my porch lights on until they die off this winter.

Finally I tried to dispose of the wet feathers from the feather fiasco in our washing machine.

Feathers!
Feathers!

I couldn’t maneuver them from the box to a plastic bag so I just dumped them in the driveway and hope they’ll dry out and float away. After all feathers are floating all over the inside of the house.

This lazy girl just scattered the feathers in the driveway.
This lazy girl just scattered the feathers in the driveway.

In the mean time the linens I used to gather the feathers also need to dry out before I put them back in the laundry.

I'm sure the neighbors appreciate that I'm using the porch for drying sheets and pillow cases.
I’m sure the neighbors appreciate that I’m using the porch for drying sheets and pillow cases.

I don’t want another clogged filter.

That, my friends, is the clamor and glamour of my life.

What’s your clamor? Glamour?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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