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.
From time to time I have written about the orchids I am nursing along.
All my orchids have been gifts or hand-me-downs so I’m not invested in them except that our kitchen seems to have the perfect light for growing and regrowing orchids.
On Saturday I poured a cup of water into an orchid pot our kitchen table when the whole thing started to move. It turns out that ants had decided to build a condominium in the potting medium and when I poured water on it they had to hurry up and move all the eggs.
I, in turn, hurried the entire pot outside and shook away the bark it had been planted in. Then I hung the orchid in a tree as my sister does in Florida.
Unfortunately I broke the blooms off.
I bought a sack of Orchid bark to use as a potting medium since orchids don’t like the denseness of dirt.
Now I am repotting the bare-root orchid and hoping I have also diverted the ants back outside.
Do your houseplants attract bugs? And what do you do about it?