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 think.

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?

Today I Will . . .

Get papers in order (#96 on my 101 in 1001) and

I started the stair runner back in 2014.
I started the stair runner back in 2014.

work on the stair runner (#5 on my 101 in 101).

I tried hand-powered staples and carpet tacks.
I tried hand-powered staples and carpet tacks.

The runner would look great but I never finished it and over the last 2 years it has not worn well.

I'll try to sew these together then pneumatically tack them to the stairs.
I’ll try to sew these together then pneumatically tack them to the stairs.

My first plan to use individual rugs was not successful.

It will take all my concentration to keep the stripes lined up.
It will take all my concentration to keep the stripes lined up.

Instead I’ve decided to sew the rugs together end on end using a flat-felled seam.

This machine is very precise and will accommodate a thick wad of material or a very fine gauze.
This machine is very precise and will accommodate a thick wad of material or a very fine gauze.

This is just the kind of project for which I’ve been saving my grandmother’s sewing machine circa 1953. It sews bulky fabric together with no problem.

I'm going to start all over again.
I’m going to start all over again.

Sewing together a long enough runner for the steps is my project for today.

This year I'm going to get rid of decades old tax returns.
This year I’m going to get rid of decades old tax returns.

I have also begun separating papers for our tax accountant.

I also have decades of old back statements. Bye-bye.
I also have decades of old back statements. Bye-bye.

But I have piles from previous years that either need a permanent home or need to be shredded.

Three years of bank statements ready to be filed.
Three years of bank statements ready to be filed.

I’m on that, too.

How is your paper clutter contained?

Not Much Time Left for my 3rd 101 in 1001

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.  That leaves 4 months to get a whole lot finished.  I admit it’s not all going to happen but I’m going to do what I can in the next 4 months.  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. 3/30/2016
  5. Install stair runner.

    While assembling this runner I found out the stairs are very uneven.
    While assembling this runner I found out the stairs are very uneven.
  6. Host five game nights. Trivia Night 4/16/2016
  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
  21. Visit the Grand Canyon. Complete! 3/28/2016.
  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.

    Until our closet is complete my clothes are relegated to the bed in the pink bedroom.
    Until our closet is complete my clothes are relegated to the bed in the pink bedroom.
  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%. Up 15.5% 8/5/2016
  49. Organize etiquette books. Complete! 4/15/2015
  50. Read Bible daily –Read Bible in 1 year. Started May 1, 2016
  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.
  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.

    Only a pile of crushed stone remains which is slated to be spread on the driveway.
    Only a pile of crushed stone remains which is slated to be spread on the driveway.
  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.
  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. Now that I’m back at the gym 5 days a week I always drink at least 16 ounces before work.
  101. Private

I have about 120 days left on this list.  I hope I make some more progress soon.

Can you dance? Ballroom? Club? Tap? Ballet?

101 in 1001 — The Third Go-round at Summer’s End

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.  Christmas Day 2015 was the halfway point of the list time wise.  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. 3/30/2016
  5. Install stair runner.

    While assembling this runner I found out the stairs are very uneven.
    While assembling this runner I found out the stairs are very uneven.
  6. Host five game nights. Trivia Night 4/16/2016
  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
  21. Visit the Grand Canyon. Planned for Fall, 2016.
  22. Say “yes” to everything for a whole day. Complete! 3/28/2016
  23. Do an anonymous favor. Complete! 4/20/2016
  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.

    Until our closet is complete my clothes are relegated to the bed in the pink bedroom.
    Until our closet is complete my clothes are relegated to the bed in the pink bedroom.
  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.

    Three generations -- I'm the short one.
    Three generations — I’m the short one.
  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%. Up 15.5% 8/5/2016
  49. Organize etiquette books. Complete! 4/15/2015
  50. Read Bible daily –Read Bible in 1 year. Started May 1, 2016
  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.
  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.

    This room needs to be finished.
    This room needs to be finished.
  60. Give heirlooms to children. Grandmother’s china, hope chest, sleds, desk and chair
  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.
  65. Paint kitchen table or build new one.

    Kitchen table
    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.

    Rubble pile is gone.
    Rubble pile is gone.
  85. Have dinner by candlelight.
  86. Achieve my personal weight goal.
  87. Send anonymous flowers to someone. Complete! 5/1/2016 
  88. Give a 100% tip.
  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.
  91. Rent Cottage.

    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. Now that I’m back at the gym 5 days a week I always drink at least 16 ounces before work.
  101. Private

I have about 257 days left on this list.  I hope I make some headway soon.

Would you go on a sea cruise? Where?

Big Tasks on the 101 in 1001

In order to finish my challenge of executing 101 tasks in 1001 days, I decided to focus on a few tasks at a time.

#15 Host a Book Club.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

We started the discussions last night. Our group of 10 is wonderfully diverse: ages range from 12 to about 85.  We have a good mixture of races, religions, and backgrounds. Three of us had been school teachers. The ladies (alas no men were interested), who are Southerners, Northerners, Mid-westerners, and Westerners, each bring a unique viewpoint to our conversation.

#43 Treat a friend to lunch.

One of my favorite restaurants due to the Cajun shrimp Coalby and crispy onion rings.
One of my favorite restaurants due to the Cajun shrimp Coalby and crispy onion rings.

Went to one of my favorite restaurants before a Saturday evening church service for a late lunch.  Good food; good fun.

#50 Read the Bible in a year.

I'll be reading the books in chronological order.
I’ll be reading the books in chronological order.

Started on May 1st, 2016, using the “chronological” plan from this website.

#83 Visit a botanical garden.

Baltimore's Victorian Botanical Garden structure.
Baltimore’s Victorian Botanical Garden structure.

Spring should be a grand time to visit a botanical garden.  The most convenient one for me to visit is the Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore.  Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10-4. Waiting for a non-rainy Saturday. 

Now, to keep going.

#46 Dermatologist for major renovation.

I'm thinking a laser treatment is in order.
I’m thinking a laser treatment is in order.

I did some basic research then called my dermatologist and made an appointment for next week.

#77 Landscape front yard.

The front of the house is sorely in need of curb appeal.
The front of the house is sorely in need of curb appeal.

First task is to lay out a plan on the ground of walkways and plantings.

#84 Get rid of rubble pile and grade driveway.

We had an enormous rubble pile in the driveway.
We had an enormous rubble pile in the driveway.
The rubble behind the 5 gallon bucket is all that's left of approximately 60 tons.
The rubble behind the 5 gallon bucket is all that’s left of approximately 60 tons.

We are so close to having the rubble pile totally gone. I’ll give it 30 days until it disappears.

#85 Have dinner by candlelight.

I have plenty of candles.
I have plenty of candles.
Perhaps dinner for two on the master suite deck just after dusk would fill the requirement.
Perhaps dinner for two on the master suite deck just after dusk would fill the requirement.

I must plan something special for just the two of us.

Have you made a romantic plan for the month of June? Or are you caught up in rubble?

Summer Book Club 2016

As I related here I have a goal of hosting a Book Club.

I look forward to lively discussions.
I look forward to lively discussions.

I guess my mind is on books because:

  1. I’m having a book swap.
  2. I don’t read as much as I used to.
  3. I love to read.

My first plan of action was to choose a book.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I’ve decided to go with a Pulitzer Prize winning classic: To Kill a Mocking Bird.  I’ve seen the movie but I don’t ever remember reading the novel so I’m excited to get started.

I created a syllabus/invitation which can be hand delivered, emailed, or mailed.
I created a syllabus/invitation which can be hand delivered, emailed, or mailed.

I mapped out a plan for reading and discussing the book which I put into a letter that would serve both as an invitation and syllabus for the study. The group will be limited to 8 people. 

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird

I wanted to make the expectations clear from the beginning so the people who commit to the group can presume that others will do the assignments and be on hand for our weekly discussions.

Mockingbird
Mockingbird

To start with I sent the invitation to about 20 people via email, U.S. postal service, and hand delivery.  The first person I cleared the invitation with was Charlie.  He informed me he can’t promise to do the reading so he’s opting out. Perhaps he’ll take over the chore of providing hot and cold beverages for the group. It would be quite extraordinary to have our own barista.

Hoping to use the conservatory as out discussion venue.
Hoping to use the conservatory as our discussion venue.

If enough people opt in — 4 minimum — we’ll give it a go.  I plan to supply the books so that we’ll all be working from the same edition when citing pages and paragraphs.

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

After we read the book I would plan for the group to watch the movie starring Gregory Peck in the conservatory.

What is your favorite classic novel?