List for May

My list is on bright green paper so it's easy to find and difficult to lose.
My list is on bright green paper so it’s easy to find and difficult to lose.

I made a special to-do list for the month of May.

The last project I finished was hanging a shelf in the conservatory closet.
The last project I finished was hanging a shelf in the conservatory closet.

The purpose of the list is to keep me on task.  I have a tendency to flit from project to project with little thought about finishing one.

The 2 cabinets that make up the linen closet need to be painted and positioned correctly.
The 2 cabinets that make up the linen closet need to be painted and positioned correctly.

It’s mostly made up of half-finished jobs.

I stopped in before work yesterday morning to price up tile at yet another tile showroom. Can you say,
I stopped in before work yesterday morning to price up tile at yet another tile showroom. Can you say, “YIKES!”

Everything on the list is something I must personally:

  • do or
  • pay for or
  • oversee.
Charlie and Doug laid Hardiebacker on the master bathroom sub-floor.
Charlie and Doug laid Hardiebacker on the master bathroom sub-floor but I’m ultimately responsible that everything fits together.

Some of the list is fun and some just drudgery.  Here it is:

  • Order bathroom tile

    Marble dogbone basketweave at $45.55 per square foot.  I think not.
    Marble dogbone basketweave at $45.55 per square foot. I think not.
  • Paint planters

    It takes numerous coats of spray paint to completely cover these large planters.
    It takes numerous coats of spray paint to completely cover these large planters.
  • Make potting soil
  • Transplant olive trees

    The olive trees really need bigger pots, good soil, and nice weather.
    The olive trees really need bigger pots, good soil, and nice weather.
  • Touch up paint on bathroom lighting fixture
  • Choose paint for master bathroom to go with marble floor, bedroom color
  • Mix paint for linen closet
  • Prime and paint linen closet
  • Paint TV trays

    Ready for these to be plain.
    Ready for these to be plain.
  • Paint dining room paneling
  • Buy wallpaper or fabric for dining room

    The wall above the paneling in the dining room needs something spectacular which I have not yet found.
    The wall above the paneling in the dining room needs something spectacular which I have not yet found.
  • Transplant rosemary, lavender
  • Paint and set up potager fence

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.
    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.
  • Get rid of old ironwork

    The old ironwork that help up the porch roof at the kitchen door and front door has been removed and is now junk in the yard.
    The old ironwork that held up the porch roof at the kitchen door and front door has been removed and is now just junk in the yard.
  • Arrange bedroom furniture
  • Hang pictures in upstairs hall
  • Paint yellow trays

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.
    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.
  • Find pale pink cotton king-sized sheets for a reasonable price
  • Design book shelves

    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.
    I printed a photograph and drew on it to get a feel for the scale of the future master bedroom shelves.
  • Trim island toe kick and stain
  • Varnish shoe molding

That ought to keep me busy, n’est-ce pas?

What’s keeping you busy?

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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.

4 thoughts on “List for May”

  1. love this: “easy to find and difficult to lose”.
    great idea with the printing the photo and then drawing on it. i’ve done that in the past but it’s been so long i’d forgotten about it!

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