Renovating an old house by a musical couple who want to live there the rest of their lives.
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.
Instead of a light sanding with a sanding block I used a ceiling sander on a pole to smooth the wall. I sanded quite a bit until there was so much dust I had to pull out the shop vac to clean up the mess.
Washing the walls with vinegar water removed any remnants of wallpaper glue and the dust on the sanded wall.
I used a wide brush to cover the wall with primer to help the wallpaper to adhere.
I finished my entire list of tasks. I’m ready to start hanging the paper. Woo hoo.
After much research the recipe is easy: 4 to 1, water to sugar. Translated into easy terms that’s 4 cups of water to one cup of sugar which exactly fills our two 16-ounce feeders. Don’t use honey, brown sugar, unrefined sugar or sugar substitutes, as they can be harmful to hummingbirds.
Boil the water until the sugar is totally dissolved. Boiling kills germs that might cause premature spoiling. Do NOT add red coloring because it is not necessary and might cause harm.
Then fill the feeder and wait for the birds.
We’re having 7 days of rain. How ’bout your weather?
Step 1: Identify Past Successes.
I spent some time identifying four or five examples of my personal success in recent years. These successes could be at work, in my community, at home, etc. I wrote them down and tried to identify whether there is a common theme (or themes) to these examples.
Success at work leading the household and managing the money
Success at church being perceived as a believer and music leader
Success at home transforming the house into a welcoming and practical but beautiful place to live
Successfully transforming finances into a retirement nest egg
Success at traveling to learn more about the world
Themes: past successes all relate to leadership, steadfastness, and creativity.
Step 2: Identify Core Values.
I developed a list of attributes that I believe identify who I am and what my priorities are. The list can be as long as needed.
Most important overall core value: Spirituality
Once the list was complete, I narrowed my 8 or 10 values down to around five of the most important ones (listed above). Then I chose the one value that is most important to me.
My next assignment is to:
Step 3: Identify Contributions.
Make a list of the ways I could make a difference. In an ideal situation, how could I contribute best to:
the world in general |
my family |
my employer or future employers |
my friends |
Step 4: Identify Goals.
Spend some time thinking about my priorities in life and the goals I have for myself.
Make a list of my personal goals, perhaps in the short-term (up to three years) and the long-term (beyond three years).
Step 5: Write Mission Statement.
Based on the first four steps and a better understanding of myself, begin writing my personal mission statement.
Examples of personal mission statements:
“To serve as a leader, live a balanced life, and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference.” (Denise Morrison)
“I define personal success as being consistent to my own personal mission statement: to love God and love others.” (Joel Manby)
“To help others live the lives they would if they only knew how.” (Andy Andrews)
This is a tough and thoughtful task which takes, for me, great concentration and consideration. I’m working on it.