Give Thanks and Git-‘er-Done To-Do List

In November fall sets in in Maryland.  Time falls back an hour and daylight fades earlier and earlier with each passing day.

The morning sun in the trees in front of the house is spectacular.
The morning sun in the trees in front of the house is spectacular.

The foliage turns many fiery shades of red, yellow, orange, and gold. One project will certainly be getting the fallen leaves out of the gutters and off the grass.

Last Thanksgiving we had a breakfast buffet open house at The Glade.
Last Thanksgiving we had a breakfast buffet open house at The Glade.

We look forward to Thanksgiving Day at the end of the month but also take time to give thanks on a daily basis for all our many blessings.

I'm eager to get the living room back to normal.
I’m eager to get the living room back to normal.

With so many projects to finish up before starting new ones I’m hoping we can really check off a few on the list as finally finished before December sets in.

Everyday brings us a little closer to finished.
Everyday brings us a little closer to finished.

We MUST finish painting the exterior of the house.

This is the final side we need to paint -- it doesn't look so tough.
This is the final side we need to paint — it doesn’t look so tough.

We have just a few spots on the back and side of the house to knock out and, of course, the entire front façade which may, after all, be the easiest.  It would be nice if we have saved the easiest for last — for a change.

The tiler
The tile installation is scheduled for November — let’s get started!

The bathrooms are scheduled to be tiled this month.  I forget how long the tile setter said it would take to finish the job, maybe 2 or 3 weeks, but I’ll be happy to see this project started.

Bathroom basketweave floor tile -- white for the conservatory and marble for the master.
Bathroom basketweave floor tile — white for the conservatory and marble for the master.

We’ve been tripping over boxes of tile spread out in various locations so as not to put too much weight in any one place.

I've signed and returned the estimate omitting the Cottage water heater for now.
I’ve signed and returned the estimate omitting the Cottage water heater for now.

As soon as the tile is laid and grouted, we’ve signed with the plumber to install the shower fixtures in both new bathrooms.

The left-hand side of the bedroom bookshelves has been built and set in place.
The left-hand side of the bedroom bookshelves has been built and set in place. (This photo reminds me we must also take the air conditioner out of the window.)

The bookshelves have been started in the master bedroom and I can’t wait until they’re totally in place.  They will also need to be trimmed and  touched-up with paint before we can begin to beautify them with books and other objets d’arts.

I think I'll collect my old silver for Christmas.
I think I’ll collect my old silver together for Christmas this year.

I’m hoping none of these projects spill over very far into December when I might just take the month off from renovation projects to celebrate. I’m sure Charlie is looking forward to the same because both of us are committed to a number of musical programs in December that will require stamina.

How’s your stamina?

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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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