The Fleeting Calm

First I’m wishing everyone a happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

The 50th Street door of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

While we were in New York City we stopped by the cathedral of the same name a couple of times.

The gothic interior of Saint Patrick’s is beautiful and free to the public.

We enjoyed our visits especially mass on Sunday morning with an excellent worship leader and a wonderful organist.

How does it get like this in the first place?

Charlie worked hard right before our party to consolidate his “papers” into a few boxes.

These boxes have been moved from room to room.

They had been cluttering the conservatory for weeks. Then he stored them in the attic.

The whole house including the conservatory was clutter free.
The conservatory had certainly been cleaned up for the party — no clutter.

It was only a few days ago that I had a nice neat house.

We didn’t want to leave the lumber out in the snow.

Then the lumber for our closet was delivered.

Luan in the living room.

The living room,

Two by sixes in the dining room.

dining room,

Plywood sheets in the conservatory.

and conservatory are back to being storage areas.

We’re planning to use the lumber to customize this closet.

We’re hoping to make a big dent in the removal of this new pile of materials today.

Do you find that newly cleared horizontal spaces are magnets for more clutter?

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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 Fleeting Calm”

  1. Well, just think how organized and neat things will be when the closet is finished! It will be a dream come true.

  2. I had to laugh at this! Horizontal surfaces just cannot stay clear at our house. That library we worked so hard on a couple of years ago? It’s … well … full.

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