Sweet ’16: The First Quarter

After making long to-do lists last year I decided to keep this year simple with just a few goals each month.

We upgraded our mailbox.
We upgraded our mailbox.

Nevertheless not everything was completed in the allotted time.  Looking back over the last three months not much was ultimately accomplished.

We started refurbishing the last piece of iron fence for the potager.
We started refurbishing the last piece of iron fence for the potager.
  1. Shower glass. 

    The shower glass in the master bathroom goes from wall to wall.
    The shower glass in the master bathroom goes from wall to wall.
  2.  Finish vanities. Both vanities, conservatory and master bathrooms, are installed but remain unfinished.
    The conservatory vanity will be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.
    The conservatory vanity will be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.

    We are waiting for the master sinks to be installed.
    We are waiting for the master sinks to be installed.
  3.  Hang bathroom lighting fixtures. Hanging the fixtures happens after the sinks are installed.

    Can't wait to hang this lighting fixture (times 2) in the master bathroom.
    Can’t wait to hang this lighting fixture (times 2) in the master bathroom.

February:

  1. Lay new wood flooring. Haven’t looked at flooring yet.
  2. Sand and polyurethane new flooring. See #1.
  3. Install thresholds. All part of the flooring project.

 March:

  1. Paint shutters. Charlie has begun the scraping process.

    Scraping has started on the 10 pairs of shutter we need for the house.
    Scraping has started on the 10 pairs of shutter we need for the house.
  2. Install interior trim. We need to purchase more trim and won’t schedule the delivery until we have a comprehensive list.

    Our carpenter has been bugging me to get this done so he can install.
    Our carpenter has been bugging me to get this done so he can install.
  3. Fill holes and sand. A tedious job which Charlie may tackle when everything is installed.
  4. Paint interior trim. My job . . . in a holding pattern until nicer weather then look out!

So did we accomplish anything in the first quarter of 2016?

Parties, parties, parties.

Tea party times 2.
Tea party times 2.

Rearranging décor items. Mantel, kitchen, dining room.

The bunnies and ducks are put away but the teal eggs remain for a while longer.
The bunnies and ducks are put away but the teal eggs remain for a while longer.

And I made some decisions on upcoming trips.

Close to home or across the country, we're planning more adventures.
Close to home or across the country, we’re planning more adventures.

We’re still planning to get these things finished but we’re not letting it get in the way of family and friends.

Remember when the living room looked like this -- for months?
Remember when the living room looked like this — for months?

We had 2 (at least) hard years of renovation when we were fairly isolated due to the chaos.

The living room from approximately the same viewpoint as above.
The living room from approximately the same viewpoint as above.

Now projects will need to fit into our lifestyle instead of vice versa.

What’s you next party? Theme? How many?

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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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