Number 1 on my 101 in 1001

When I was a teenager I had a long-haired dachshund named Princess.  As a young married I had a miniature long-haired dachshund name Max.

Princess looked a lot like this beauty.

I have been talking about getting a dog for awhile now so I finally contacted a breeder and put my name on a waiting list for a red-haired miniature long-haired dachshund expected to be born early in February.  I’ll take either a boy or a girl.

My favorite breed: long-haired dachshund.

I hope to get one of a litter whose mother looks a lot like my former dogs.  The take home date will be early in April.

Do you like big or little dogs?


101 in 1001 #4 — First Update

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 dachshund.
  2. Have ancestry confirmed through DNA.
  3. Write a personal mission statement.
  4. Stain the interior wood doors.

    3 sets finished – 2 sets to go.
  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. Planned for Fall, 2018.
  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: CD player, speaker, turntable, tape deck, DVD player, TV.
  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. I am forty items lighter.
  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 Planned for February, 2018.
  21. Work on family recipe book
  22. Visit a waterfall Cunningham Falls, Thurmont MD Complete! 8/1/2017 

    Cunningham Falls in Maryland
  23. See the Southern Cross in person  Planned for February, 2018.
  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. Planned for November, 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% Currently up 6%
  41. Visit Statue of Liberty.  Complete! 10/27/2017 

    How beautiful is Lady Liberty!
  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

    We’re working on the foundations plantings.
  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:  4 down, 1 to go                                 Lawn mower 

    Lawn mower


    High chair


    Yard cart


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

  62. Design and print business cards
  63. Celebrate our 10th anniversary. 9/12/2019
  64. Organize papers, bills, and contracts from renovation
  65. Trip to Venice/Serbia/Greece.
  66. Attend 5 concerts — Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto No. 1, SaintSaëns Organ Symphony, Glenmar Dance Music, 50th Anniversary Organ Concert, BSO Gala 2017 Complete! 9/9/2017 
  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 Complete! 9/23/2017 

    The before and after of the shutter installation.
  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 tank is painted.
  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 Complete! 9/23/2017 

    A recent project was refinishing the bedframe of the 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

    First floor doors finished; 3 doors on second floor still need painting.
  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 Complete! 7/14/2017 

    A wall of sunflowers attracts bees and gold finches.
  100. Fast for 24 hours
  101. Private

Step 4: #15 on the New 101 in 1001

On my 4th 101 tasks to accomplish in 1001 days, number 15 states:  Get rid of 101 items.

Here are the fourth 10.

  1. Roll of tar paper.

    I found another roll of old tar paper which was like a solid rock. It’s gone now.
  2. Accordion coat rack

    No reason to keep this rack.
  3. Old tires.

    I don’t know where these old tires came from but out they go.
  4. Black plastic sheets that we keep to cover things in the yard.  Unfortunately they became holey and attracted thousands of ants.

    We had old black plastic left over from our renovation.
  5. Old can of paint which was the original shutter color when I moved into the house 20 years ago had dried up.  Unfortunately I have more paint cans to get rid of but must wait until I’m totally finished with them.

    The can on the left was 1/3 full and a solid mass.
  6. Rusted red cart. One of two gardens carts we own.  We don’t need tow.

    This cart has been rusting in the yard. Time to go.
  7. Nesting tables —

    Set of 3 nesting tables.
  8. Halloween costumes

    Aladdin was adorable.
  9. Balloon curtains

    Lined balloon shades made 30 years ago — no longer my style but still in excellent shape.
  10. Old computer — I unloaded all the files we wanted to save on a thumb drive then left Charlie with the task to get rid of any trace of our information.

    This dinosaur is history.

Ten more down, 61 to go.

What can you toss?

Notes from 101 in 1001 #4 – #22

I love waterfalls.

Cunningham Falls in Maryland

Two years ago I thought we were on our way to visit Cunningham Falls in central Maryland.

Cunningham Falls in Maryland on the State Park website.
Cunningham Falls as Charlie and I saw it.

We never made it.  It was on my 3rd 101 in 1001 and is now on its 4th iteration.

An hour’s drive to a Maryland state park on a beautiful day — who could ask for more?

We left home bright and early Tuesday morning and drove for an hour to Thurmont, Maryland.

The Catoctin Mountains

The entry fee is $3 per person. I wanted to get a lifetime Senior Pass for $10 but they were out of them.  I also asked for a printed map even though I could have printed one from the internet site.

There is a lovely swimming area at Cunningham Falls State Park.

The park is nearly empty at 9:30 a.m. on a Tuesday in August.

The beginning of the trail looks harmless.

We overheard a group of co-eds asking a park ranger if there was more than one falls.  He said no. An enlightening forewarning.

Map of Cunningham Falls Trails
Sign to the lower trail which is blazed with red marks on trees and rocks.

We hiked up the “Lower Trail” to the falls and were surprised to find an observation deck at the end of the trail from which the falls were barely visible.

From the observation deck the falls are inconsequential.

The sparkling stream at the bottom of the falls flowed easily down the hill. After a half hour or so we hiked back on the longer and much more rigorous cliff trail.

The cliff trail is blazed with yellow marks.
The return trail was uphill and winding.

I left the park hoping to tick a couple more stops off my list before the day was done. More on that later.

Are you more inclined toward the ocean or the mountains?

Step 3: #15 on the New 101 in 1001

On my 4th 101 tasks to accomplish in 1001 days, number 15 states:  Get rid of 101 items.

Here are the third 10.

  1. Ride-on lawn mower.  Sold for $200.

    The mower was sold on Craigslist.
  2. Self-propelled lawn mower with faulty electronic start, must use pull cord. Sold for $50.

    Sold on Craigslist.
  3. Cottage door and brass hardware.

    Glade Cottage door has been replaced so I listed the old one on Craigslist.
  4. Old windows from the house renovation and Cottage. Free.

    We had 3 times this many windows to get rid of.
  5. The rain barrel didn’t work well for us so we gave it to a neighbor. Free.

    We tried to use the rain barrel but found the pressure insufficient.
  6. A pile of old shelves. Free.

    More Craigslisting.
  7. Brass chandelier (20 inches tall) from my former residence.  I moved into The Glade 20 years ago and have not found a spot for it.  Listed on Craigslist for $80.

    Removed in 2 large boxes from the Cottage attic.
  8. Another hanging lamp with 14-inch diameter frosted glass shade.  This was hanging in the dining room at The Glade by a long chain when I moved in 20 years ago. Given to son.

    A hanging lamp with lots of potential.
  9. Wooden high chair. It either goes to a grandchild or is listed on Craigslist.

    35-year-old high chair.
  10. Pile of old lumber. It took 3 Craigslist searchers to dwindle this pile.

    Hauled away by frugal people.

Ten more down, 71 to go.

What can you toss?

Step 2: #15 on the New 101 in 1001

On my 4th 101 tasks to accomplish in 1001 days, number 15 states:  Get rid of 101 items.

Here are the second 10.

  1. Old computer printer

    The old clunking printer which no longer prints.
  2. Plastic shoe holders.

    These held dozens of shoes for decades.
  3. Old boom box — No photo due to stealth action.

    Similar to this only larger.
  4. Purple suitcase that goes with son’s luggage set.  He will be taking it home.

    A little dusty but still usable.
  5. Two T-squares went in the trash.

    I’ve been holding on to my broken T-squares for decades.
  6. Old wire baskets sticky with grime also trash worthy.

    These basket have been in the attic unused for decades. Chances are I don’t need them.
  7. Propane grill belonging to the Cottage dweller was picked up by my son as a permanent giveaway.

    Propane gas grill not headed to the dumpster.
  8. Charlie’s grandmother’s flowered china has been given to her great-granddaughter.  This set has every imaginable piece.

    Afton by Heuschenreuther
  9. Five bags of shredded documents.
  10. Pile of old newspaper and packing from the greenhouse.

    The greenhouse arrived in 2 green plasticized boxes which have ben dumpsterized.

Ten more down, 81 to go.

What can you toss this weekend?

Need Suggestions for Foundation Plants

I need some advice for plants that would work well around the foundation of the house.

The yard needs to be landscaped.

Ever since the renovation the land around the house has been mostly dusty and devoid of plants.

These are the only plants in place — hydrangeas and one American boxwood original to the house.

I was thinking that we might hire a landscape designer who would tell us what to plant where.

Charlie always prepares well for planting.

Then we would do the work.

We really need help.

How do I find a landscape designer?

We can move azaleas from the yard that used to be around the house.

Do you have favorite shrubs?