The question is: Did anything get done in October? I had very specific plans.
Charlie brought down 5 boxes of books, mostly children’s books, from the attic. My goal to donate at least 50 to a rummage sale was not accomplished.
The only thing I did was to salvage my baby book from the pile. How pathetic! I must simply box them and deliver them.
I planned to stain the interior doors that have not yet been stained. This just never happened. Again — pathetic!!
Finally the door to the entrance of the laundry did not get hung.
Consequently I did not make any progress on my 101 in 1001 list.
Entertainment is the area where I did have a lot of success.
Charlie and I have went to see the newest remake of A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
I thought the film and the music were very good. Bradley Cooper played his part well and can actually sing also.
Sug and I went to going to see a touring company production Les Miserables. This production was not as good as the other two I had seen. The turntable on the stage had been omitted and I felt it hurt the performance.
Then Charlie and I went headed to the Baltimore Symphony to see hear Tony DeSare playing the piano and singing.
He was loads of fun and could really, really play the piano. So much fun.
We did host a costume party in October.
The invitation suggested guests come in an international costume.
There were lots of ladies in kimonos.
The three of us have joined a choir for Christmas comprised of members from a number of churches in our area.
We have been rehearsing and listening to our audio files so we’ll be ready for our performance early in December.
Finally the most successful task was Sug’s trip to Guatemala where she painted classrooms and built a swingset.
Sug is planning to spend more and more time in Guatemala working to improve the mission school near Antigua.
While we didn’t actually get a lot of projects completed last month we did have loads of fun. So much fun in fact that I’m making a master calendar so we can plan some more get-togethers.
We had some fun in England figuring out what people were trying to tell us.
“Take away” is “carry out” as in food. We usually “ate in” at restaurants because we did a lot of walking and needed to rest.
Fringe is bangs. I had my hairdresser trim up my fringe.
Diversion is a detour, specifically for traffic.
Parking suspension means no parking or parking is prohibited.
Free vehicle recovery, as far as I can tell, means road service for one’s car if it breaks down.
“Mind the gap” is the much repeated phrase which means to “watch your step” when exiting the subway, I mean underground or tube.
Busker (a person who busks) or busking is an art form that is practised by professional artists, amateur performers and those who are just starting out. Buskers put a lot of thought and effort into their act, they give a performance, entertain the public and receive tips in return. Generally busking is well-received and legal except where posted.
“What do you fancy?” is asked when we might say “What would you like?” In London we fancied crepes everyday.
“See it. Say it. Sorted.” is like our American phrase “If you see something, say something”. People are encouraged to say something to an official if they see something unusual and the authorities will sort it out.
What phrase do you find unique to a region or country?
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. Now that summer has started we’re hoping to make some quick progress on items that need fair weather. Completed items are in blue, black is the color for original post. Pink is the color for concrete plans.
While we accomplished a lot at The Glade this summer — renovated 2 bathrooms — I’ve looked back at some of my projects lists from earlier in the summer and more than a few things have been left undone.
In July I had hoped to stain the 2 sets of unfinished pine doors — the mudroom and the pantry. I bought some light stain to mix with the dark stain I had been using to change things up just a little. Weather permitting, I think I can finish these doors in the next two weekends.
Another summer goal was to organize all my clothes that were cluttering various closets, bed and floors all over the house. This I have done. But still undone is a serious look at the clutter in the mudroom closet which is also one of the set of doors that needs to be stained.
The pantry has become a disorganized mess also. Charlie likes to store things — grocery bags for example — on the floor. It’s horrible and I plan to take control.
Little by little we’ve been whittling away at the pile of trim in the hallway. When every room has baseboard I plan to make another lumber order to finish the face frames for both the master closet and the master bedroom shelving which is not yet finished.
I know we can’t hope we can accomplish all this in 2 weekends and I’m comforted to have a plan.