‘Twas The Saturday Before Christmas

All week Charlie and I have been working on the bathrooms. Once upon a time I considered which one to we should finish first but in reality they’re being finished simultaneously.

This was the conservatory a week ago.
This was the conservatory a week ago.
We've already made this progress -- twice.
We’ve already made this progress — twice.

Today is the last Saturday before Christmas so in addition to working on the bathrooms we’re getting the house decorated and ready for guests.

The Christmas tree is in its stand in the living room but it's too dark to get a photo.
The Christmas tree is in its stand in the living room but it’s too dark to get a photo.

I have a grand plan as I usually do for the things I’d like to accomplish:

  • Seal the master bathroom floor. (Thanks to Charlie this has already been done.)
  • Paint the round window jambs and trim.

    The round window trim is waiting for a few coats of Mosaic White semi-gloss.
    The round window trim (in the corner) is waiting for a few coats of Mosaic White semi-gloss.
  • Lay out the dining room rug and set up the table.

    Decide on a direction for the rug and bring in the furniture.
    Decide on a direction for the rug and bring in the furniture.
  • Put away all tools, paint, supplies.

    Little piles of leftover tile need a more permanent home.
    Little piles of leftover tile need a more permanent home.

Then I have a plan for Charlie:

  • Place the lights on the Christmas tree.

    We've discarded all partially working and non-working strings of lights and we still have oodles.
    We’ve discarded all partially working and non-working strings of lights and we still have oodles.
  • Move all gifts under the tree.

    One box was delivered open so we kind of guessed the use of the unusual contents.
    One box was delivered open so we kind of guessed the use of the unusual contents.
  • Sweep the porches.

    Time to make the porches more welcoming with a bit of sweeping.
    Time to make the porches more welcoming with a bit of sweeping.
  • Put away all tools, paint, supplies.

    Clear off the windowseat and return the cushions which have been sitting on the living room sofa for months.
    Clear off the windowseat and return the cushions which have been sitting on the living room sofa for months.

And together we have accepted an invitation in the afternoon to hear a private chamber music concert which is going to cut our working day short.

All the kitchen counters need to be cleared off so serious cooking can begin.
All the kitchen counters need to be cleared off so serious cooking can begin.

Deck the Halls!

What last minute project are you working on? Relaxing instead?

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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.

13 thoughts on “‘Twas The Saturday Before Christmas”

  1. Arg! Until I read the title of your post I hadn’t realized that Christmas is less than a week away. Yesterday was the last day of class, and all of my energy has been focused on finishing all of my grading, lesson planning, meeting with students…. I feel like I haven’t caught my breath in weeks, and nothing has been done for Christmas!!! Sorry for the rant. I guess I need to get my butt in gear.

    1. Trees are temporary and always look beautiful no matter the shape, size, lop-sidedness, straightness, etc. Cover with lots of lights and admire. Jo

  2. Love your kitchen island! I’ve got piles here and there…it’s always that way when there’s projects going on. Though it’s a great time to pair down! I want less so living is easier. Less to dust! Hahaha.

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