101 in 1001 #4 — Less Than a Year Remains

Here is my 4th list beginning May 10, 2017 (first list ended 11/13/2011, second list 8/11/2014, third list 5/9/2017) until February 5, 2020. The first quarter of 2019 is past so I’m trying to focus my energy on items on the list.  Completed items are in blue, black is the color for original post. Pink is the color for concrete plans. 

  1. Get a dog. Complete! 3/31/2018 

    My Dashie always looks so intense.
  2. Have ancestry confirmed through DNAComplete! 5/19/2018 

    My great grandmother at about the age of 18 circa 1902.
  3. Write a personal mission statement. Complete! 6/28/2018  
  4. Stain the interior wood doorsConservatory, master bedroom, kitchen finished; mudroom doors remain. Spring, 2019

    4 sets finished – 1 set to go.
  5. Hang a door at the entrance to the laundry.

    This solid wood door with 4 lights might fit the opening in the laundry room perfectly.
  6. Take a trip to the UKComplete! 9/21/2018 

    Tower Bridge over the Thames River.
  7. Get rid of 50 books. Complete! 11/30/2018 

    Why is it so difficult to let go of books?
  8. Evaluate and upgrade home electronics: CD player, speaker, turntable, tape deck, DVD player, TV.
  9. Make the guest room ready for guests.

    Much progress has been made in the Treetops room.
  10. Revisit my will, trust, and POA.  Planned for June, 2019
  11. Visit National Wildlife Visitor Center. Complete! 3/16/2019

    Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge.
  12. Visit Cryptologic MuseumComplete! 3/22/2019 

    Enigma machines from WWII have come out of hiding since time has passed.
  13. Make a stone patio with firepitComplete! 11/15/2018 

    The new fire pit is in ready for use.
  14. Host a swap meet. Planned for early November, 2019

    In the fall we’ll have a Christmas decoration swap meet.
  15. Get rid of 101 items. I am sixty-eight items lighter.
  16. Hang photos in upstairs hall
  17. Take dance lessons  Complete! 3/27/2019 

  18. Host a Casablanca party/movie night.  Planned for August, 2019.

    The Glade will become Rick’s Cafe American in Morocco.
  19. Host a dinner party for 8
  20. Organize trip to a Caribbean island – Cuba. Complete! 8/1/2017   

    Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro in Havana Bay
  21. Work on family recipe book
  22. Visit a waterfall Cunningham Falls, Thurmont MD Complete! 8/1/2017 

    Cunningham Falls in Maryland
  23. See the Southern Cross in person  Complete! 2/7/2019 

    San Juan skies were cloudy bu we spotted the Southern Cross for the first time.
  24. Go to the beach for a long weekend    Planned for Mother’s Day weekend 

    I’m always happy near the ocean.
  25. Host a scavenger hunt. Planned for Summer, 2019.
  26. Make a month’s worth of meals one weekend. Planned for May, 2019.
  27. Make a home maintenance calendar.
  28. Set blogging goals.
  29. Work on wardrobe: buy what I need, get rid of what I don’t, make a list of everything. Complete! 12/25/2018
  30. Sort out things in attic by attaching children’s names, give away, sell, etc.

    The attic is overdue for a major tidying.
  31. Learn to copyright (watermark) photos
  32. Complete legacy file
  33. Make a photo album of Mommie
  34. Paint some canvases
  35. Chapel in the yard at The Glade Complete! 12/30/2018 

    The Chapel area has 2 new benches.
  36. Ride on a Vespa  Planned for May, 2020

    This looks like a reasonably tame goal.
  37. Locate and catalog local thrift stores
  38. Develop a cleaning schedule
  39. Write a novel based on work
  40. Increase net worth by 25% Complete! 9/27/2018
  41. Visit Statue of LibertyComplete! 10/27/2017 

    How beautiful is Lady Liberty!
  42. Paint landscapes/seascapes on canvas/wood
  43. Take a cruise. Planned for May, 2020.
  44. Memorize a poem.
  45. Make a household inventory with photos
  46. Finish laundry room
  47. Give heirlooms to children – hope chest, china, desk/chair, Christmas china, sleds – 1 for each

    3 sleds
  48. Finish painting trim in pink bedroom
  49. Make a master menu for 14 days of meals
  50. Wash all the windows in the house

    We have a lot of windows.
  51. Paint dining room table – finish sanding, prime and paint

    We’ve changed the rug in the dining room but the table still needs to be refinished.
  52. Use my God box.
  53. Build bench for mudroom.

    I’m planning to build this bench.
  54. Build shelves in master bedroom.

    We must finish the bedroom shelves.
  55. Landscape the front yard  Complete! 6/11/2018 

    Now we’re just waiting for everything to grow.
  56. Read 2 biographies
  57. Read 2 classics
  58. Design Etsy boutique packaging
  59. Fund my Revocable Trust
  60. Achieve my personal weight goal. Complete! 11/30/2018
  61. Get rid of 5 big items from the house:  Complete! 10/30/2017
    This dinosaur is history.

    Lawn mower 


    Lawn mower


    High chair


    Yard cart

  62. Design and print business cards.
  63. Celebrate our 10th anniversary. 9/12/2019
  64. Organize papers, bills, and contracts from renovation.
  65. Trip to Venice/Serbia/Greece. Planned for September, 2019
  66. Attend 5 concerts — Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto No. 1, SaintSaëns Organ Symphony, Glenmar Dance Music, 50th Anniversary Organ Concert, BSO Gala 2017 Complete! 9/9/2017 
  67. Visit Smith Island, Maryland Complete! 7/31/2018  

    Most workers on Smith Island are watermen — catchers of crabs and oysters.
  68. Start a new blog: “Let’s Fake the Music”
  69. Lead a Bible study at home Planned for June and July, 2019.
  70. Plan my funeral Working on it now.
  71. Hang exterior shutters Complete! 9/23/2017 

    The before and after of the shutter installation.
  72. Build a structure for trash cans and recycle bins

    A simple structure for holding refuse containers found on a porch in Chelsea, London.
  73. Upgrade deck off master bedroom with new surface and railings

    The master deck.
  74. Make curtains for master bedroom Complete! 3/24/2019
  75. Install all trim
  76. Paint all trim
  77. Finish painting exterior details (oil tank, vents, etc.)

    I want to paint the air vents on the exterior of the house the same color as the shingles.
  78. Clean out car Complete! 7/7/2018
  79. Clean up all paint cans
  80. Clear out the basement
  81. Remove 10 boxes from the attic
  82. Set up a better home office

    Perhaps we can set up the office area in the pink bedroom better.
  83. Refinish sleigh bed Complete! 9/23/2017 

    A recent project was refinishing the bedframe of the sleigh bed.
  84. Build frame for full length mirror

    This mirror needs a frame.
  85. Renovate pink bathroom  Complete! 6/27/2018  

    The guest bathroom is ready for guests.
  86. Renovate powder room Complete! 9/11/2018  

    Ready for use.
  87. Paint all interior doors grey Complete! 9/11/2018  

    All doors finished.
  88. Have 5 parties. Complete! 3/17/2018
  89. Coffee table for conservatory
  90. Paint secretary

    I think painting will improve this secretary.
  91. Finish living bedroom curtains   Complete! 3/24/2019
  92. Dye hall rug  Summer, 2019

    This rug is a little bland.
  93. Fix hall water wall Complete! 3/28/2018
  94. Paint green vanity

    The dressing table in the master bathroom might not want to be green anymore.
  95. Refinish tall dresser

    My chest of drawers which belonged to my grandmother needs a surface treatment.
  96. Finish cushions in dining room

    The center cushion of the window seat in the dining room needs a cover to match the two side cushions.
  97. Clear out mudroom closet

    The closet has become a storage spot for lots of stuff that doesn’t belong.
  98. Whiten my teeth Complete! 6/28/2018
  99. Plant sunflowers Complete! 7/14/2017 

    A wall of sunflowers attracts bees and gold finches.
  100. Fast for 24 hours Complete! 6/29/2018
  101. Private

What are you under the gun to finish? Or start?

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.

5 thoughts on “101 in 1001 #4 — Less Than a Year Remains”

  1. You’ve knocked off a lot of big projects. I could relate to some of the items on your list. Right now I’m just trying to finish my taxes. April 15 is fast approaching.

    1. I’m adding water to my next list. I’m terribly lax in that department.
      I just checked off a few more on our recent trip to Venice but I never get the entire list finished.
      The new list is almost finished.

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