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.
Obviously Cuba is just south of the mainland of the United States 103 miles off the coast of Florida.
Smith Island, on the other hand, is in the Chesapeake Bay part of the state of Maryland. The similarities surprised me.
When you step off the plane/boat in either place you have stepped back in time in many ways.
Both islands rely on cash. American plastic is not usable in Cuba and few transactions are done by check or credit on Smith Island although the residents of Smith Island will supply your needs and trust you will pay them before leaving the island. The ferry over to the island, the meals delivered by a local cook, steamed crabs and other amenities were all paid in cash.
Both islands have friendly, helpful people.
Both islands have good food.
Both islands have interesting unique sights.
AirBnB’s can be arranged on both islands with experienced hosts who will guide your stay while visiting.
There are also a few outstanding differences.
The Language — Spanish spoken in Cuba while Smith Island residents speak a patois often called Tidewater.
The Cars — Cuba has many, many American cars built before the Revolution in 1959.
The newest car on Smith Island is about 10 years old since each car has to be brought to the island one at a time on a barge hired expressly for that purpose. Many people get around the island on golf carts.
The Drink — The drink of Cuba is rum.
Smith Island is dry, no hard beverages are sold.
The Government — While Cuba is very distinctively communist, Smith Island basically has no government.
No mayor, no city council, just the Methodist church which serves as a hub for most social activities and disputes. Actually there are 3 Methodist churches on the island all served by the same pastor who goes between them on Sunday mornings either by boat or by golf cart.
We are so fortunate to have visited both islands this year. We have one more island on our agenda — Great Britain. We’re excited to go.
Do you travel to resorts or visit among the local people?
On the very same day it was built, the cross for the Chapel at The Glade was put in place.
The cross is not so large and heavy that one person cannot carry it. It’s not so light, however, that carrying it any far distance wouldn’t be a burden.
Sug and I lined it up parallel to the house at the bottom of the hill outside the Cottage. This spot will make it visible both from the house and the Cottage.
Sug dug a hole approximately 18 inches deep. Originally we were going to sink it 2 feet into the ground but changed our mind after seeing it standing. Six and a half feet can be seen above ground of the 8-foot cross.
When we stood it up in the hole we made sure it was level and plumb. I watched the level as Sug filled the hole in with soil.
I suggested we use 2 of Charlie’s pointed stakes on adjacent sides of the cross and at right angles to the post to help maintain the upright position.
Sug tamped the dirt all around the base and the cross was standing. We both noticed it was a humbling cross because both us whacked our heads on the yoke piece as we stood up reminding us to remain reverent.
Next step is to add some seating and plantings to finish the chapel atmosphere.
I have been planning a place for meditation at The Glade for a long time.
I just didn’t know what it should look like.
Then Sug told me about the cross building project she and other missionaries made on her last trip to Guatemala.
To start our cross we used two 4 by 4 pressure-treated timbers — one 8-feet long and the other cut to 4 feet. The plan was to sink two feet of the the 8-foot post into the ground so the ultimate height would only be 6 feet.
We decided to use a half lap joint where the two members came together. We avoided putting the joints is an area where there was a knot in the wood.
Sug used a back saw and chisel and hammer to cut out the section I had marked with pencil.
With a little tweaking the two pieces fit together well. Sug had read a lot of information about the actual proportions of the cross but in the end we actually just used our eye to “make it right”.
The crosspiece was mounted 2 feet from the top of the 8-foot post.
Then Sug drilled two holes at the joint and inserted galvanized hex bolts with washers on both sides of the wood and tightened nuts to hold it together.
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. 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.
Charlie and my dental hygienist think I have nice white teeth. I think they could be a little whiter.
On a daily basis I floss, rinse with Crest 3-D White Lux mouthwash, and brush with an electric toothbrush and Crest 3-D White toothpaste.
I have tried 2 different whitening systems that use gel in a custom mouthguard. One was from the dentist: Lumibrite. The other was generally available through mail order: ContrastPM. I’m opting for Lumibrite.
Now Lumibrite is available from Amazon at a good price of 4 syringes for $13.38 so I have ordered some to use with my Invisalign retainer. (When I bought it from the dentist it was $25 per syringe.)
I hope to have gleaming white teeth for our travels near and far.
I haven’t been paid or perked for anything said in this post.