Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just been finished 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 1946 farm house in an otherwise Victorian historic district where we want to live the rest of our lives. 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.

Since 2011 (covered by the blog) we hired an architect and a contractor  to add 2 additions to the house: a one-story conservatory with attached full bathroom and a two-story kitchen (first floor) and master bathroom/closet (second floor).

Next chapter:  finishing the interior bare rooms — conservatory, two bathrooms, master closet — and giving some curb appeal — painting and landscaping.

This latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here for 17 years and feeling a need to ready the house for the next 17 and beyond.

31 thoughts on “About”

  1. The house looked such a mess – fantastic job cleaning up! The house looks quite nice when clean.
    Must be an inspiration to have architect coming now.
    Keep up the good work Charlie and Jo!

  2. Hi there,
    I accidentally came across your blog while searching for ideas for a bamboo trellis. It is very enjoyable reading and I’m adding it to my favorite blog list. Good luck!
    North Carolina

  3. Love the garden area, very organized and full of personality from the two…..looking forward to hearing more about the adventure of a lifetime….House renovas…and garden….”watching from the ‘ Crows Nest’

  4. My husband and I have a rubbing of the same midievel knight that you have. I believe it originally belonged to his grandfather, and we don’t know it’s origins. Do you have any information about yours? I would really appreciate it.

  5. Great blog! Looking forward to reading it. I’m a musician, and am just beginning the same process as you….what is our problem!?! 😉 I just clicked to follow your blog; check mine out at
    I’m still getting the hang of WordPress, but hopefully, it will look better soon. Yours looks great!
    Hang in there! — Matt

    1. Thanks, Julie, for the visit and the nice comment. We’re finally getting to the thick of things with our reno so stay tuned. Jo

  6. Hi, I’m building my house also, and I came across your blogg! I love the green bottel lights, How do I go about finding these for my kitchen island?

  7. Thanks for the like on my 1st blog post, yay! Love your blog and will follow, as we live in a 64 year old cabin in need of much TLC and your enthusiasm will be great motivation.

  8. Hello! And thanks for stopping by my blog. I try to get around to checking out everyone who stops by. Immediately, I started reading your blog, almost like a novel…from current backwards. I won’t get caught up on every word, I know, but it is like sitting and talking to a friend. All the pictures resemble a tutorial. What fun and a lot of love and work for you. Both the house and the blog. You have a new follower from the west coast (Oregon).

    1. Thank you so much. When I saw your baby photo from 1954 I realized you and I are about the same age. Maybe time of life in some way resonates. Jo

  9. Ah, a fixer-upper. We lived in one once…downtown in our little town. The first two rooms were built by a bachelor. He added two more rooms when he got married. A new “kitchen” was added on as an upgrade in the 50’s. One plug and no room for a fridge. The bathroom was converted from a porch in the 60’s. We know all the dates and details because the wrote on boards as he built and used newspaper for insulation…historical dates and events. It was charming and had potential. Until the first winter when we found out the wood stove didn’t vent properly and the wind blew things off the shelves. Then the 100 degree summer with no a/c. Add into that 4 little kids and limited funds. My own nightmare. Your home is beautiful and you are doing a tremendous job. Makes me almost wish I could do it again…(not). I’m excited for you though and will follow to see how it turns out.

    1. Wow, Kelly. Thankfully our house was not in bad shape to start (we lived here 17 years without any renovation). Thanks for following. Jo

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