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.
It actually was a very private show in a private farmhouse up a remote half-mile-long driveway .
There was quite a variety of items with a heavy emphasis on sheep-related articles: sheepskins, skeins of dyed wool, felted pillows, knitted items, etc.
We felt one of the deals of show was a dish of decorated Pysanky eggs of which we purchased 4. Pysanky eggs are decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. These have chains so they can be used as ornaments.
The shepherd whose farm housed the craft show is also a blacksmith. We had a nice choice of wrought-iron hooks one of which we purchased to replace the mermaid hook in our conservatory bathroom. We bought a few more things but I can’t put them on the blog yet.
I need a go-to gift that I could give to one or ten without breaking the bank. I usually give a consumable gift like food, soap, or candles. (My note on candles: “If you don’t like this gift, burn it.”)
Last year I gave everyone a pump container of Mrs. Myer’s liquid soap. One year I gave everyone (at work and other friends) high-end popcorn covered with white chocolate. The popcorn in particular was a hit.
This year I’m waiting until tomorrow to see if I can come up with something at a local craft fair. The event is at a sheep farm. I am familiar with the head shepherd and so got wind of the this annual gathering which is not well-publicized.
I’m hoping to find something I’ve never before considered.
Yesterday evening Charlie drove up to the house with a Christmas tree on top of his car.
He had stopped by Home Depot and picked out just the right balsam fir. He’s much more selective than I am. I get tired of looking and I’ll take the next one. Charlie will look at every tree for form, height, and proportion.
He cut a small slab from the bottom of the trunk to allow the tree to soak up more water.
Then we propped it up in a bucket of water on the porch. I’m hoping Charlie will set up the tree in the living room while I’m at work.
Do you have a tree? Real or artificial? Cut it yourself of choose it from a tree lot?
This time of year TJ’s has all sorts of great gifts. One of my favorite to give is a box of Baci, kisses in Italian.
I always get my boss’ wife a couple loaves of panettone. One of our cooks at work asked me how to serve panettone which I thought was strange because she is Italian. Apparently in Italy they pour milk or cream over a wedge. I suggested cutting the loaf in slices, toasting it and serving it with butter. It was a hit!
Recently I have purchased 20 roses for $10. Enough to spread around.
Do you have a convenient Trader Joe’s? What’s your favorite TJ product?