Spring Goals

I have 2 main goals this spring:

The master bedroom still needs baseboard trim.

one indoors and one outside.

Trim in the hall ready to be measured, cut, and applied.

I have a hallway full of wood trim which needs to be cut and installed.

The bedroom hall needs trim also.

I know there’s not enough to finish everything but I’m not going to place the final order until I know exactly what I need. I plan to work on this during the week.

Some of the shutters have already been scraped.

I also want to clean, paint, and hang the shutters we took off the house 3 years ago when we started the renovation.

I hope we can match the right shutters to the corresponding windows.

I’m going to start the shutters on Memorial Day weekend.

What are your plans for the long weekend?

101 in 1001 #4 — The Start

Here is my new 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. Completed items are in blue, black is the color for original post.

  1. Get a dog.

    My favorite breed: long-haired daschund.
  2. Have ancestry confirmed through DNA.
  3. Write a personal mission statement.
  4. Stain the interior wood doors.

    All bare wood doors need to be stained.
  5. Hang a door at the entrance to the laundry.

    This solid wood door with 4 lights might fit the opening in the laundry room perfectly.
  6. Take a trip to the UK.
  7. Get rid of 50 books.

    No matter how many books I get rid of I still seem to have more.
  8. Evaluate and upgrade home electronics.
  9. Make the guest room ready for guests.

    The treetops room needs to have all clutter removed before it is ready for guests including my shoes piled in the corner.
  10. Revisit my will, trust, and POA.
  11. Visit National Wildlife Visitor Center
  12. Visit Cryptographic Museum
  13. Make a stone patio with firepit.
  14. Host a swap meet.

    We’ve had book swaps and soup swaps. Maybe we’ll try something new.
  15. Get rid of 101 items.
  16. Hang photos in upstairs hall
  17. Take dance lessons
  18. Host a Casablanca party/movie night.

    Someday I’m going to have a Casablanca themed party.
  19. Host a dinner party for 8
  20. Organize trip to a Caribbean island
  21. Work on family recipe book
  22. Visit a waterfall Cunningham Falls, Thurmont MD Planned for July, 2017
  23. See the Southern Cross in person
  24. Go to the beach for a long weekend

    The last time we were at the beach (in California).
  25. Host a scavenger hunt.
  26. Make a month’s worth of meals one weekend. Plan for September, 2017
  27. Make a home maintenance calendar.
  28. Set blogging goals.
  29. Work on wardrobe: buy what I need, get rid of what I don’t, make a          list of everything
  30. Sort out things in attic by attaching children’s names, give away,    sell, etc.

    The attic is overdue for a major tidying.
  31. Learn to copyright (watermark) photos
  32. Complete legacy file
  33. Make a photo album of Mommie
  34. Paint some canvasses
  35. Chapel in the yard at The Glade

    There must be an appropriate spot for a small chapel in our yard.
  36. Ride on a Vespa
  37. Locate and catalog local thrift stores
  38. Develop a cleaning schedule
  39. Write a novel based on work
  40. Increase net worth by 25%
  41. Visit Statue of Liberty

    Now we need reservations.
  42. Paint landscapes/seascapes on canvas/wood
  43. Take a cruise.
  44. Memorize a poem.
  45. Make a household inventory with photos
  46. Finish laundry room
  47. Give heirlooms to children – hope chest, china, desk/chair, Christmas china, sleds – 1 for each

    3 sleds
  48. Finish painting trim in pink bedroom
  49. Make a master menu for 14 days of meals
  50. Wash all the windows in the house

    We have a lot of windows.
  51. Paint dining room table – finish sanding, prime and paint
  52. Use my God box.
  53. Build bench for mudroom.
  54. Build shelves in master bedroom.

    We must finish the bedroom shelves.
  55. Landscape the front yard
  56. Read 2 biographies
  57. Read 2 classics
  58. Design Etsy boutique packaging
  59. Fund my Revocable Trust
  60. Achieve my personal weight goal
  61. Get rid of 5 big items from the house:
    Refinished cedar chest ready for the next generation.

    Cedar chest, Skittle game, Rocking horse, Chandelier, Easel,  Dollhouse, Saddle/horse gear

  62. Design and print business cards
  63. Celebrate our 10th anniversary.
  64. Organize papers, bills, and contracts from renovation
  65. Trip to Venice/Serbia/Greece.
  66. Attend 5 concerts
  67. Visit Smith Island (or other Maryland island)
  68. Start a new blog: “Let’s Fake the Music”
  69. Lead a Bible study at home
  70. Plan my funeral
  71. Hang exterior shutters
  72. Build a structure for trash cans and recycle bins
  73. Upgrade deck off master bedroom with new surface and railings

    The master deck.
  74. Make curtains for master bedroom
  75. Install all trim
  76. Paint all trim
  77. Finish painting exterior details (oil tank, vents, etc.)

    The oil tank wants a 2 coats of shingle paint.
  78. Clean out car
  79. Clean up all paint cans
  80. Clear out the basement
  81. Remove 10 boxes from the attic
  82. Set up a better home office

    Perhaps we can set up the office area in the pink bedroom better.
  83. Refinish sleigh bed
  84. Build frame for full length mirror

    This mirror needs a frame.
  85. Renovate pink bathroom
  86. Renovate powder room

    Let’s update the bibliotheque.
  87. Paint all interior doors grey
  88. Have 5 parties.
  89. Coffee table for conservatory
  90. Paint secretary

    I think painting will improve this secretary.
  91. Finish living room curtains
  92. Dye hall rug

    This rug is a little bland.
  93. Fix hall water wall
  94. Paint green vanity

    The dressing table in the master bathroom might not want to be green anymore.
  95. Refinish tall dresser
  96. Finish cushions in dining room
  97. Clear out mud room closet

    The closet has become a storage spot for lots of stuff that doesn’t belong.
  98. Whiten my teeth
  99. Plant sunflowers

    Looking forward to a fence of sunflowers.
  100. Fast for 24 hours
  101. Private

101 in 1001 #3 Final

On August 12th of 2014 I began my new list of 101 tasks that I would like to complete in 1001 days for the third time. (First list ended 11/13/2011, second list 8/11/2014) until May 9, 2017 which is today.  Not everything has been completed but much progress was made.  Completed items are markedComplete! with the date of completion.

Here’s the entire list:

  1. Paint upstairs hall. Complete! 9/28/2014 
  2. Hang photos in upstairs hall.

    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
  3. Take dance lessons.
  4. Get video camera and upgrade blog. Complete! 3/30/2016
  5. Install stair runner.  Complete! 2/19/2017 

    Stair runner.
  6. Host five game nights. Trivia Night 4/16/2016, Fiesta Bridal Shower 5/6/2017
  7. Host five other parties/get-togethers:  Thanksgiving Breakfast Get-together, Christmas Dinner 2014, Boxing Day Party, New Year’s Morning Popover Party, Movie Screening. Complete! 6/10/2016
  8. Host one New Year’s Eve Party. Complete! 12/31/2014

    Everything was bright and sparkly for New Year's Eve 2014.
    Everything was bright and sparkly for New Year’s Eve 2014.
  9. Host a dinner party for 8.
  10. Organize trip to the Dominican Republic.
  11. Work on family recipe book.

    Perhaps I could improve the organization and readability of my recipes.
    Perhaps I could improve the organization and readability of my recipes.
  12. Eat vegan for one week. Complete! 6/20/2016
  13. Host a swap meet. Book Swap Complete! 5/7/2016
  14. Host a tea party for my Birthday. Complete! 2/27/2016
  15. Host a book club. Complete! 7/19/2016
  16. Find a waterfall.
  17. See the Southern Cross in person.

    The Southern Cross.
    The Southern Cross.
  18. Make bread. Complete! 4/2/2016
  19. Make mayonnaise. Complete! 8/27/2014
  20. Make a local restaurant list of at least 10 items: Bon Fresco, Coal Fire, Hunan Express, Maria’s Bajas Taqueria, Mission Barbecue, Petit Louis, Soup’s On, Eggspectation, Tino’s Italian Bistro, Centre Park Grill  Complete! 4/13/2017
  21. Visit the Grand Canyon. Complete! 3/28/2016.

    Grand Canyon
  22. Say “yes” to everything for a whole day. Complete! 3/28/2016
  23. Do an anonymous favor. Complete! 9/20/2016
  24. Go to the beach for a long weekend.
  25. Take 3 Bible studies: The Journey to Christmas, 24 Hours That Changed the World, Restless, Momentum, Jeremiah, What Love Is, Follow Complete! 2/17/2016
  26. Host a scavenger hunt.
  27. Make a month’s worth of meals one weekend.
  28. Put a note somewhere (like in a book) for a stranger to find. Complete! 4/20/2016
  29. Make a home maintenance calendar.
  30. Set blogging goals.
  31. Comment on 50 blogs.  Complete! 10/30/2014
  32. Get an iPod or mp3 player. Complete! 3/24/2016
  33. Work on wardrobe, buy what I need, get rid of what I don’t, make a list of everything.

    Now that I have a closet I can start to organize my clothing.
  34. Have a colonoscopy. Complete! 5/22/2015
  35. Sort out things in attic by attaching children’s names, give away, sell, etc.

    The xylophone stands about the right height for our soon-to-be 4 grandson.
    The xylophone has been given to our 3-year-old grandson.
  36. Learn to copyright (watermark) photos.
  37. Complete legacy file.
  38. Make a photo album of Mommie.

    My mother and me.
    My mother and me.
  39. Paint some canvasses.
  40. Chapel in the yard at The Glade.

    Great is Thy Faithfulness mirrored window would work in an outdoor chapel area.
    Great is Thy Faithfulness mirrored window would work in an outdoor chapel area.
  41. Ride on a Vespa.

    I might want to buy one.
    I might want to buy one.
  42. Treat a friend to lunch. Complete! 4/30/2016
  43. Locate and catalog local thrift stores.
  44. Design master bedroom décor and coordinate master bath. Complete! 11/1/2015

    The coordination is finished -- the implementation is imminent.
    The coordination is finished — the implementation is imminent.
  45. Develop a cleaning schedule.
  46. Dermatologist for major renovation. Complete! 6/30/2016
  47. Write a novel based on work.
  48. Increase net worth by 25%. Complete! 5/9/2017
  49. Organize etiquette books. Complete! 4/15/2015
  50. Read Bible daily –Read Bible in 1 year. Complete! 4/27/2017
  51. Have right knee problem corrected. Complete! 1/29/2015
  52. Establish a gym workout for 5 days a week. Complete! 11/23/2015 
  53. Theatre weekend in NYC. Complete! 2/24-26/2017  

    The grand drape for Wicked is a map of Oz and surrounding territories.
  54. Visit Statue of Liberty.

    I've been to the Crown but I want to go again with Charlie.
    I’ve been to the Crown but I want to go again with Charlie.
  55. Paint landscapes/seascapes on canvas/wood.
  56. Take a cruise.
  57. Memorize a poem.
  58. Make a household inventory with photos.
  59. Finish laundry room.

    Working on the laundry room.
    Working on the laundry room.
  60. Give heirlooms to children. Grandmother’s china, hope chest, sleds, desk and chair.

    Refinished cedar chest ready for the next generation.
    Refinished cedar chest ready for the next generation.
  61. Finish painting trim in pink bedroom.

    The pink bedroom called the Diva Room.
    The pink bedroom called the Diva Room.
  62. Make a master menu for 14 days of meals.
  63. Wash all the windows in the house.
  64. Paint dining room table or sell it – finish sanding, prime and paint. Complete! 8/30/2016
  65. Paint kitchen table or build new oneComplete! 10/23/2016 

    Our newly built kitchen table..
    Our newly built kitchen table.
  66. Totally organize pink bathroom. Complete! 10/15/2014
  67. Renew passport in 2015. Complete! 1/10/2015
  68. Do the weekly challenges at UnF your Habitat.
  69. Use my God box.
  70. Build bench for mudroom.

    I'd love to build this bench.
    I’d love to build this bench.
  71. Build shelves in master bedroom.

    The bedroom shelves.
    The bedroom shelves.
  72. Paint the master bedroom. Complete! 9/7/2014
  73. Get a smartphone. Complete! 3/23/2016
  74. Tile the conservatory bathroom Complete! 12/10/2015
  75. Tile the master bathroom Complete! 12/10/2015

    What a change the tile makes covering the Hardiebacker board!
    What a change the tile makes covering the Hardiebacker board!
  76. Get a new car Complete! 4/28/2015
  77. Landscape the front yard

    The front yard needs some foundation plantings to soften up the edges of the house.
    The front yard needs some foundation plantings to soften up the edges of the house.
  78. Read 5 biographies:
  79. Read 5 classics: To Kill a Mockingbird
  80. See 3 concerts: Beatlemania, Four Seasons (Vivaldi), John Williams,   The Music of Led Zeppelin, 3 Army concerts including 1812 Overture, Sutton Foster, Broadway Divas Complete! 5/29/2015
  81. Design Etsy signature packaging.
  82. Fund my Revocable Trust.
  83. Spend an afternoon at a botanical garden.
  84. Get rid of rubble pile and grade driveway. Complete! 2/3/2017

    The ruble pile and pile of mulch have both been leveled.
  85. Have dinner by candlelight. Complete! 12/24/2016
  86. Achieve my personal weight goal.
  87. Send anonymous flowers to someone. Complete! 5/1/2016 
  88. Give a 100% tip. Complete! 9/20/2016 
  89. Get rid of 5 big items from the house. Complete! 5/7/2016
    Ironing Board
    Kitchen cabinets
    Old books
    Foosball table
    Washer/Dryer
  90. Build a beautiful master closet. Complete! 5/9/2017
  91. Rent Cottage. Complete! 10/31/2014

    Glade Cottage would be perfect rented to a grad student from the nearby university.
    Glade Cottage is being renovated by my friend who will become the new tenant.
  92. Design and print business cards.
  93. Celebrate our 5th anniversary. Complete! 9/12/2014
  94. Organize cookbooks. Complete! 4/26/2016 

    Neater and easier to access.
    Neater and easier to access.
  95. Hang gallery wall in kitchen hall. Complete! 10/29/2014

    The gallery wall from the kitchen to the mudroom looking toward the front of the house.
    The gallery wall from the kitchen to the mudroom looking toward the front of the house.
  96. Organize papers, bills, and contracts from renovation.
  97. Apply to county for tax abatement due to renovation. Complete! 11/7/2014
  98. Take car for a tune up. Complete! 9/17/2014
  99. Detail my car. Complete! 4/17/2016

    A friend detailed my car inside and out.
    A friend detailed my car inside and out.
  100. Drink a glass of water every morning. Complete! 4/30/2017
  101. Private

The new list, #4, begins tomorrow.

What is your most recent long-term accomplishment?

Plenty on My Plate

March is half over which means the first quarter of 2017 is almost gone.

No more parties! Until a bridal shower on May 6th and our son’s birthday in April.

I always have so many plans to get things done then sabotage myself by planning parties or outings or classes.

We spent most of the day Saturday cutting and painting closet lumber.

We’re working on our closet now and I’ve allowed 4 weeks to get the bulk of the work finished.

I noticed how bare the house looks without shutters when I took pictures of the closet project.

We also need to get the shutters hung back up on the house: scraped, cleaned, and repainted. They’ve been off the house for 4 years now.

Love this gravel pathway from the Inspired Room.

I was hoping to get the hardscaping installed in front of the house so we can plant shrubs in fall.

Scrapes, dings, and smudges in the walls need to be repaired and painted after all the trimming is finished. And the trim needs to be painted in the entire house.

There are also some exterior and interior painting details that would be nice to check off the list. Once those items are finished we can get rid of the partially-filled paint cans (about 20) that are littering the basement.

I still want to visit a waterfall soon.

The project list seems overwhelming right now.

Do you save old paint?  Do you ever use it?

Starting the Master Closet

We’ll be working on the master closet for the next few weeks at lease, so expect bit by bit explanations and building details.

Pocket screws will hold the lumber together on the outside of the top and bottom.

The first step is to cut the 3/4 inch plywood for 6 similarly sized towers.

We’ve used pocket screws for a number of different projects.

The sides are 23 21 inches by 78 inches and will be attached top and bottom 32 (33) inches apart (outside measurement). Therefore the tops and bottoms are 30.5 (31.5) inches long allowing for 3/4 inch on each side.

All the plywood and luan will be primed and painted on all sides.

Then I’m priming and painting all the lumber so I won’t have any hard to get to areas after it’s assembled.

We used a similar base when we built the windowseat.

While the paint is drying we will lay out a base with 2″ by 6″ lumber.

The 2 by 6 base will run the entire length of the closet minus 1 foot.

The spacing is 10 feet long and 23 21 inches deep. I bought 10-foot long 2 by 6s so we wouldn’t have to piece the base. We’re adding a cross piece at intervals where the towers will lean on the base, so three 32-inch spaces and one 24-inch space on my side and three 33-inch spaces and one 21-inch space on Charlie’s side..

The screws are placed on the underside so they won’t show.

We’re using a Kreg jig and pocket screws to hold the pieces together.  We’ll drill holes on the outside of the top and bottom of the pieces so the screw holes and screws won’t show when the pieces are put together.

Luan will fill in the back of the closet sections.

Then we’re tacking a piece of luan 32″ by 78″ onto the back of the structure.

The closet will look different tonight.

If we can get this much finished today, I’ll be thrilled. Not likely, though.

Are you a good estimate of how long a job will take?

The Stair Runner is a Doner

The stairs from our first floor to the second floor are very narrow.

Our narrow stairs.
Our narrow stairs.

I couldn’t find a long runner narrow enough to use on the steps so I bought 10 small rugs from Ikea. I’ve been working on this project for about 2 years.

The rug was easy to cut with Fiskars Easy Action Bent Scissors.
The rug was easy to cut with Fiskars Easy Action Bent Scissors.

I cut the fringe off by cutting at right angles to the stripes.  Look ahead of the scissors’ blades and make long cuts.

Then I sewed them together with a flat-felled seam. My plan was to use my grandmother’s sewing machine but ended up using my own.  I couldn’t adjust the tension correctly on the older machine.

Traditional 5/8" seam to start.
Traditional 5/8″ seam to start.

To flat-fell a seam you sew a traditional seam right side together.

Cut away one seam allowance.
Cut away one seam allowance.

Then trim the one of the seam allowances to about 1/4 inch.

The stitching is a bit uneven because the fabric was so think.
The stitching is a bit uneven because the fabric was so thick.

Pull the seam flat and topstitch catching the short allowance inside the longer one. If you choose, you can topstitch again about 1/4-inch from the first topstitching.

The runner was loosely laid on the steps at first.
The runner was loosely laid on the steps at first.

Finally, with my new pneumatic stapler I started at top of the steps and just put staples in the middle all the way down the staircase.

The runner is strategically stapled to the stairs with 1-inch long staples.
The runner is strategically stapled to the stairs with 1-inch long staples.

After I was sure one of the seams didn’t land in the middle of a tread I added more staples on all the steps in the black area of the runner.

Tacked all the way up.
Tacked all the way up.

I’m hoping this wears well.

Looking from the landing at the top of the stairs.
Looking from the landing at the top of the stairs.

I might have to add a few more staples from time to time.

Check off #5 of my 101 in 1001.

Have you sewn something together recently?

A Million Different Directions

We are trying to tie up lose ends on our projects both in the house and in the Cottage but new items keep cropping up.

Before sewing the rugs together I cut off the fringe.
Before sewing the rugs together I cut off the fringe.

I started working on the stair runner two weeks ago.  I finished about half of it before the sewing machine started giving me problems.

We'll be staying in a historic hotel.
We’ll be staying in a historic hotel.

Also we’re heading to New York City soon so I’m trying to make plans for the trip.  Thus far I have reduced our hotel bill $155 by going back to the website and calling for a better deal.  Unfortunately $155 won’t pay our parking for the weekend but it will certainly help.

I have always enjoyed a late-night cabaret.
I have always enjoyed a late-night cabaret.

I have made a short list of Broadway, off-Broadway, and cabaret shows as well as must-see restaurants for the first-time visitor. We’ll be staying near the Waldorf.  Any suggestions?

The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.
The Cottage windows are charming but drafty.

Our Cottage tenant has decided to have all the windows replaced with more efficient ones as well as a new front door and storm door.  Those items along with some interior trim should keep the Cottage “under construction” for a few weeks.

The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.

And Charlie and I are getting additional tile installation quotes since the first one was much more than we expected.

Soup is on the menu.
Soup is on the menu.

Then, when we get back from New York I’ll have to begin cooking and decorating for the “surprise party”.  I think I have worked out how it will go but I still need to contact a few bunch of friends.

I'm planning a South of the Border theme.
I’m planning a South of the Border theme.

I’m already planning a bridal shower for May which I hope my choir will actually sponsor since one of our own is getting married in June.

I'm starting in the living room.
I’m starting in the living room.

First thing on the agenda: clean the house!!!

Do you plan ahead and then realize you’re all booked up?