List, 2017: May Plans

April plans were begun and not much was actually completed. Nevertheless, here’s the new list for May:


While it is warm but not yet too hot we MUST clean, paint, and hang exterior shutters.

The shutters will needed to be scraped and painted with pneumatic paint sprayer.

They’ve been off the house since 2015 when we painted the exterior of the house.  I have the paint in hand. This is an enormous job.

We have a lot of finishing to do in the closet.

On rainy weekends we’ll continue to install trim and to work on the master closet.


We’re still working on the Fiesta Bridal shower which will be this coming Saturday.

We’ve covered the table and festooned the large open doorway to liven up the dining room.

The house is becoming a South-of-the-Border cantina.


Charlie is a piano player who also plays the organ.

We’ve attended organ concerts all over the world — Saint Sulpice in Paris.

And he loves organ music so we’re planning to attend an organ concert on May 21.

Exterior Outsourcing

The Cottage is getting new windows and doors but this project will be contracted out.

I mocked-up a roof over the door.

There will also be a new gable roof over the Cottage doorway.


The most important improvement is that I’m heading back to the gym beginning this morning.

The sky above the gym is often inviting in the early morning.

The key will be consistency.

Do you have an exercise regimen?


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.

One thought on “List, 2017: May Plans”

  1. I don’t envy you that shutter job. That’s huge and it doesn’t sound like fun at all. Exercise? No, ma’am, but I should. Once I start working outside it helps but that’s not aerobic. And each year it gets harder to get going. Good for you for doing the gym thing.

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