Assignment Incomplete — Back-to-School To Do List

I didn’t want less than a B grade on our back-to-school to do list. Our carpenter has been unavailable all month this being a busy season for home construction and repairs so Charlie and I have been pretty much on our own trying to work on projects we could do unsupervised.

We have considerable clutter in the yard that is being addressed incrementally.
We have had considerable clutter in the yard that was truly an eyesore.

I have insisted that the accrued cardboard and other recyclables that have been piled up against the house be broken down and shipped away.

Exterior clutter is under control.
Exterior clutter is under control.

A big truck comes weekly for such things so really there’s no excuse.

I cleaned and spruced up the porch a little bit. (Not on the list.)
I cleaned and spruced up the porch a little bit. (Not on the list.)

The first items on September’s list were the remaining items from the “Lists of Summer” here, here, and here.

We made unexpected progress on the exterior of the house this summer.
We made unexpected progress on the exterior of the house this summer.

From the Summer Lists:

  1. Paint and set up potager fence. Still can’t find the 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.
  2. Wallpaper dining room. Maybe next month.
  3. Paint dining room paneling. All the paneling in the dining room has at least one, and often more, coat of white semi-gloss paint.
  4. Buy tile for master bathroom. The tile has been ordered.
  5. Hang pictures in upstairs hall. I picked the photos up from the bedroom floor and transferred them to the hall.  Getting closer.

    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
  6. Paint yellow trays. No time for indoor artsy projects last month.

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.
    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

Additions to the list for September:

  1. Start going to the gym on a regular basis. Begin with a walking regimen. I got up early every work day in September an walked the treadmill at the gym.

    My gym
    My gym
  2. Power wash house exterior. In one morning Charlie revved up the pressure washer and cleaned the shingles on the house and anything else in his way.
    The back of the house needs to be powerwashed then painted.
    Before

    The pressure washer made quick work of the mildew/moss on the house and oil tank.
    The pressure washer made quick work of the mildew/moss on the house and oil tank.
  3. Paint exterior shingles. Although not quite finished we’ve made significant progress in this area.  I love the new “Sandy Hook Gray” color. (The old color was “Glamour Gray”.)
  4. Install master bedroom shelves and baseboard. No hope for this one until our carpenter returns from out West. 

    The bedroom shelves are painted and stacked in the living room.
    The bedroom shelves are painted and stacked in the living room.
  5. Stain back stairs. We painted the railings and stained the stairs leading from the conservatory to the back yard.

    Another project checked off the list.
    Another project checked off the list.
  6. Plant hydrangea cuttings.  The newly planted cuttings are doing well.  Fall is a great time to plant shrubs.

    The hydrangea cuttings are planted.
    The hydrangea cuttings are planted.
  7. Paint side door.  The exterior side of the doors are fully painted including casings.

    The side porch is painted with the new house color, new door color, and bright white trim.
    The side porch is painted with the new house color, new door color, and bright white trim.
  8. Paint wood trim on house. We must first paint the shingles on the house before we get started on the trim.  This may take a while.

    The original trim on the eaves and windows of the house needs to be scraped, primed, and painted.
    The original trim on the eaves and windows of the house needs to be scraped, primed, and painted. The new trim is Azek and never needs to be painted.

Thirteen items have kept us busy.  Unfortunately instead of getting a grade of B or higher I’m afraid, at a whopping 61% accomplished, our grade is maybe a D- .

Are you back-to-school this fall?

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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.

8 thoughts on “Assignment Incomplete — Back-to-School To Do List”

  1. You’re way too hard on yourselves! You still have a lot to do but gosh, look how much better the outside looks. And you’ve used the treadmill every day. That deserves an A all by itself.

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