The Last Week in July

We have NOT been getting projects finished at The Glade.

Charlie spent yesterday clearing the base of the tree so the fellers could cut it down to the ground.
Charlie spent yesterday clearing the base of the tree so the fellers could cut it down to the ground.

This week, however, we’re trying to check items off the list.

I can assure that the tree, not the house, is leaning.
I can assure that the tree, not the house, is leaning.

Charlie has set up the tree service to cut down and cut up our big, dead oak for this afternoon.

The lower cabinet must be pulled out so new red oak flooring can be laid in the hall.
The lower cabinet must be pulled out so new red oak flooring can be laid in the hall.

Meanwhile I’m making a master plan of how to clear the sub-floors that we hope will be floored on the weekend.

  1. Hang 2 lighting fixtures in the bathroom.
  2. Make room in the back bedroom for Charlie’s highboy and move it there.
  3. Move building supplies and cabinet out of the master bedroom hallway into the bedroom.
  4.  Move all clothes and cabinets out of the master closet into the master bedroom.
  5. Move all furniture from the conservatory into the dining room.
  6. Move the flooring lumber from the living room into the dining room.
  7. Unbury the chop saw in the Cottage bring it to the house.

That list alone should ruin my week.

I listed the dresser in the middle of the room on Craigslist with the goal to sell it.
I listed the dresser in the middle of the room on Craigslist with the goal to sell it.
The dresser has been sold.
The dresser has been sold.

I sold the mid-century dresser in the Cottage. Now we have a nice empty space.

The ceiling will be patched with spackle.
The ceiling will be patched with spackle.
The Cottage ceiling is not sheetrock so the seams will remain but the spot that was damaged is now fixed.
The Cottage ceiling is not sheetrock so the seams will remain but the spot that was damaged is now fixed.

In the mean time my future tenant is filling holes and spackling cracks in the Cottage.  The plan is to paint the unpainted ceiling which has already been spot painted with Kilz.

We have a new propane contract for 500 gallons at $2.49 per gallon.
We have a new propane contract for 500 gallons at $2.49 per gallon.

Speaking of the Cottage we are also resigning our pre-pay propane contract. The Cottage has a propane water heater and furnace. The house has a propane water heater and stove. Since the Cottage has been closed up for a couple of years we know we will be using more propane than recently. Charlie is negotiating that contract which we’re hoping will be even less this year due to posted propane prices.

Do you negotiate?

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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 “The Last Week in July”

  1. You are on the cusp of great change. Too bad that usually brings on chaos, too. No, my sisters are negotiators but it’s definitely not in my blood.

  2. “That list alone should ruin my week.” agreed. it’s always daunting when you know you HAVE to have a bunch done by a certain time period! but it’ll all be worth it in the end. new floors – dreamy.

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