Please check out my new blog: Let’s Fake the Music.
I’ll be writing and posting there exclusively from now on.
PS Let’s Face the Music will still be available for research.
Charlie and I have traveled about 3 hours from home to Wildwood, New Jersey.
We’re staying at a hotel on the boardwalk a couple of blocks from the Convention Center where Charlie will be playing for a variety of events. The first party was an ice cream social.
In the meantime I am fulfilling #24 of my 101 tasks in 1001 days: Go to the beach for a long weekend.
This afternoon and tomorrow all day we’ll be free to explore so we’re also planning to visit Cape May just 5 minutes down the road.
Tomorrow is the Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show. It should be fun.
What are you doing for Mother’s Day?
The title sounds like a call for help because I’ve packed the month of May with enough tasks to fill a year. Thankfully my team — Charlie and Sug — plus my son and his wife are committed to a long, desperate summer’s worth of to-do lists. The fun will start in May.
More or less in order of what’s about to happen we’ll be doing the following:
The program is set, the menu is set, the guest list is set — time for the party.
We will need the guest room — my son’s old bedroom — for weekly visits from him due to his work schedule. He plans to stay overnight once a week instead of driving back and forth to the Eastern shore of Maryland, 2.5 hours away.
There are a few more items in the back room that need to be distributed or done away with. We’re planning to finish up the guest room (#9 on the 101 in 1001).
Charlie and I will be spending long weekend at beach (#24 on the 101 in 1001). Charlie has to play the piano for some meetings but I am just going along for the ride.
We’ll be staying on the Boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, but plan to do a little touring on this long weekend.
Mother’s Day — I’m declaring this as my personal free day.
I only plan to do stuff I enjoy. I’m hoping to also have something special and delicious to eat.
I have spoken with our contractor who is getting ready to add a new surface and railing to our bedroom deck (#73 on the 101 in 1001).
We haven’t used the deck for a couple of years except for building projects due to the lack of railing.
Although Charlie and I are not planning to move to this property we’re going to purchase, we’ll be working on it almost every weekend until it is liveable.
Our son and his wife are excited to live in a rural area that’s only 3 miles from the Nanticoke River. They will do a little farming and . . . who knows what else. Oystering and crabbing come to mind.
It’s time to have Dash’s rabies innoculation updated.
Last year he could only get a year-long shot. This year he can have a 3-year shot. We generally get the shot at the county dog shelter.
We’ll be attending a baptism for an adult friend.
We are so delighted to be asked to be present at this important event.
By the time Memorial Day rolls around I think I’ll need a break although I’m guessing we will have some fun at the new property.
We are so glad to be able to celebrate a patriotic holiday in one of the original states — Maryland. Sometimes I can’t believe how beautiful it is here, especially in spring.
Finally I need to finish my first reading of The Screwtape Letters so I’ll be ready for our book club in June and July. We have a good group of committed readers to study this satire about the devil.
That sounds like a crazy full month of must-dos to me.
What do you like to put on the grill on Memorial Day?
Apparently Charlie thought the task was beyond our skill level so we hired our carpenter to create a door frame and then hang the door.
The carpenter hauled this heavy door outside to trim down the bottom and the hinge side.
Then he hung it in the doorway, a task that is more difficult than it seems.
I can’t wait to see if keeping the closed door makes a difference in the heat of summer.
What’s easy for you that might be difficult for someone else?
Today I finally finished #4 of my 101 in 1001 list which was to stain all of the unfinished natural wood closet doors.
First I stained two sets of doors in the conservatory.
Then I stained the set of doors on the walk-in closet in the master bedroom.
More recently I stained the narrow set of doors to the pantry.
Last week I finally worked on the final set of doors which is in the mudroom.
And I almost finished last week except for the door to the special compartment above the main closet — the compartment I insisted on when the house was being renovated.
Today I finally finished this last door — woo hoo — which means I can check off #4 on my 101 list. All the interior doors are either painted (#87) or stained (#4).
What is your current tah-dah project?
I’ve never been a good housekeeper so I have help in my home.
It won’t come as much of surprise that my help is Sug.
She has set up a cleaning schedule (#38 on my 101 in 1001) to keep things under control.
Other seldom used rooms are cleaned as needed.
For this schedule I am very grateful.
Is your schedule successful?
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. The first quarter of 2019 is past so I’m trying to focus my energy on items on the list. Completed items are in blue, black is the color for original post. Pink is the color for concrete plans.
Lawn mower Lawn mower High chair Yard cart
What are you under the gun to finish? Or start?
Charlie and I both own multiple grave lots.
The issue is where do we ultimately want to be buried (#70 of 101 in 1001).
In the next month we’re going to decide who goes where and amend the deeds of the various sites to reflect ownership.
We’re also trying to decide what information and designs to put on the grave markers. There are so many options.
At least we can both agree on a dogwood motif. After that we’ll have to compromise.
For example he wants an integral vase and I do not.
Have you made these decisions? What conversations were helpful?
I’m trying to whittle down my 101 tasks in 1001 days list.
So I took some time last afternoon to visit the National Cryptologic Museum (#12 on my 101 in 1001) on the Campus of the National Security Agency (NSA).
I knew it was located approximately at the crossroads of Routes 32 and 295 near Fort Meade, Maryland.
After passing by the front desk one finds a lifesize replica of the Rosetta Stone one of the first code breaking machines in the history. (We saw and were amazed by the true original in the British Museum in London.)
The museum exhibits explain coding and code-breaking of all types.
There are a number of Enigma machines.
Visitors (including children) to the museum are able to manipulate the machine themselves.
My primary interest in visiting the museum was to learn more about the Native American Code Talkers, American soldiers from various tribes who used their native languages to pass radio messages during World Wars I and II.
Not every word that was used in military talk was actually a word in the tribal languages so necessary terms were equated to known words like using “chicken hawk” to mean “dive bomber”.
I just spent a short time in the museum but could easily visit again when I have more time to do more reading and manipulation of the exhibits. And the museum store has items marked with “NSA”.
Do you have an unusual local museum?
Both Charlie and I are native Marylanders for many generations.
For that reason I thought we should explore our home state with the same interest as our other travels. With that in mind, last year we traveled to Smith Island.
We were signed up for a two-mile hike around Cash Lake to listen for and observe birds. Our expert volunteer guide led us around the lake pointing out over 25 different species of birds.
Some of the first birds we saw were ducks which included ring neck, hooded mergansers, and mallards.
As we walked around the lake we noticed an area where all the small trees had been removed. The remaining stumps had a very distinctive cutting pattern that was caused by beavers.
The beaver lodge was hidden behind a tree hanging over the water.
As we walked on further I noticed a yellow bird high in a tree which I thought was a goldfinch.
The bird was not a finch, but instead a Pine Warbler with a trilling call.
The hike took approximately 2 hours. We finished at the visitor center and recounted the birds we had seen which another hiker was planning to enter into the eBird.org website.
Are you a birder?