Facilitate

I like to have get-togethers at our home.

A party can be simple or elegant.
A party can be simple or elegant.

But sometimes actually entertaining at home is not possible.

Lurman Woodland Theatre has free concerts on Saturday and Sunday nights in summer.
Lurman Woodland Theatre has free concerts on Saturday and Sunday nights in summer.

In our area there is an abundance of free music and free films.

Last night 6 of us visited a church (not ours) to watch God's Not Dead 2.
Last night 6 of us visited a church (not ours) to watch God’s Not Dead 2.

When I find something that really interests me I email a group of friends and tell them I’ll be there. I don’t judge the interest I just make the invitation; I facilitate.

Texting is an easy way to hook up.
Texting is an easy way to hook up.

I’m sure to add my cell number to the email with the instruction to text or call when they arrive at the venue, especially if it is a big venue like the parade grounds at our local Army base.

This cannon actually fires.
This cannon actually fires.

If it’s something I have done previously I add any details that might sway someone who is on the fence. For instance the U.S. Army Field Band is performing the 1812 Overture with real canons.  I’ve heard it before and it’s fabulous.  I reminded everyone to bring their own lawn chair.

Bug spray is de rigeur in Maryland in summer.

I encourage you to do some research and contact your social circle for a fun and different and free event.  Provide as much or as little as you like. Don’t for get the bug spray.

What event can you facilitate for your friends?

Craigslist Challenge is Encouraging

I challenged myself to get busy getting rid of things I’ve stashed but have no intention of keeping. I’ve had some success recently which is encouraging me to list even more items.

18-inch lighting fixture.
18-inch lighting fixture.

NO. 1: Light fixture that we bought for the conservatory bathroom so we could pass inspection.  We had no intention of keeping it and have replaced it with this.  Sold for $5.

Our son was a ferocious skater but turned out to be a better swimmer.
Our son was a ferocious skater but turned out to be a better swimmer.

NO. 2:  Men’s hockey skates.

2-drawer file cabinet.
2-drawer file cabinet.

NO. 3: A small 2-drawer file cabinet. Sold for $10.

A 3-tier table in a fun color with a shell painted on top.
A 3-tier table in a fun color with a shell painted on top.

NO. 4: The 3-shelf table fits easily into a corner. It’s very sturdy.

We were hoping to find a place for the large corner cabinet in the middle of the photo.
We were hoping to find a place for the large corner cabinet in the middle of the photo.

NO. 5:  We gave away most of our old kitchen cabinets but have a large corner cabinet remaining. Until we had a new layout for the Cottage we weren’t sure if we could use it or not.  Now we know.

There are 1 full sheet and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation.
There are 1 full sheet and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation.

NO. 6: After all the projects that required drywall were finished we decided to get rid of these final pieces. Drywall given to someone with a small project.

I may be able to clean this up a little to make it more desirable.
I may be able to clean this up a little to make it more desirable.

NO. 7:  Double-light brass lamp

The handle on the tankard looks like a wolf or a fox to me.
The handle on the tankard looks like a wolf or a fox to me.

NO. 8:  Pewter tankard lamp Sold for $5.

Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.
Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.

NO. 9:  Hand-made afghans

EMC (Electronic Music Corp.) Libra amplifier
EMC (Electronic Music Corp.) Libra amplifier

NO. 10:  Amplifier/mixer

With 4 items sold I’ve also listed:

a saddle

a dining room table

a batting helmet

oak rounds for firewood.

Do you have a last ditch summer vacation planned?

Challenge: List Ten Items on Craigslist

I’m challenging myself to get busy getting rid of things I’ve stashed but have no intention of keeping.

18-inch lighting fixture.
18-inch lighting fixture.

NO. 1: Light fixture that we bought for the conservatory bathroom so we could pass inspection.  We had no intention of keeping it and have replaced it with this.

Our son was a ferocious skater but turned out to be a better swimmer.
Our son was a ferocious skater but turned out to be a better swimmer.

NO. 2:  Men’s hockey skates.

2-drawer file cabinet.
2-drawer file cabinet.

NO. 3: A small 2-drawer file cabinet.

A 3-tier table in a fun color with a shell painted on top.
A 3-tier table in a fun color with a shell painted on top.

NO. 4: The 3-shelf table fits easily into a corner. It’s very sturdy.

We were hoping to find a place for the large corner cabinet in the middle of the photo.
We were hoping to find a place for the large corner cabinet in the middle of the photo.

NO. 5:  We gave away most of our old kitchen cabinets but have a large corner cabinet remaining. Until we had a new layout for the Cottage we weren’t sure if we could use it or not.  Now we know.

There are 1 full sheet and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation.
There are 1 full sheet and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation.

NO. 6: After all the projects that required drywall were finished we decided to get rid of these final pieces.

I may be able to clean this up a little to make it more desirable.
I may be able to clean this up a little to make it more desirable.

NO. 7:  Double-light brass lamp

The handle on the tankard looks like a wolf or a fox to me.
The handle on the tankard looks like a wolf or a fox to me.

NO. 8:  Pewter tankard lamp

Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.
Lap robe sized green and yellow throw.

NO. 9:  Hand-made afghans

EMC (Electronic Music Corp.) Libra amplifier
EMC (Electronic Music Corp.) Libra amplifier

NO. 10:  Amplifier/mixer

What is the one item that seems to accumulate in your house? (We got lamps!)

eSalon Hair Kit

eSalon offered a hair coloring kit for $10 so I thought I’d give it a try.

Coloring one's own hair is not easy.
Coloring one’s own hair is not easy.

I have very light blonde hair.

The questionnaire is not difficult.
The questionnaire is not difficult.

I filled out the questionnaire online.

The kit comes with a brush and 2 pairs of protective gloves.
The kit comes with a brush and 2 pairs of protective gloves.

In a few days for $10 (usually $20) plus shipping I received a kit.

The extras.
The extras.

In addition to colorant and developer there was stain guard, stain remover, shampoo and conditioner.

The toner and developer is mixed in the bottle by shaking it together.
The toner and developer is mixed in the bottle by shaking it together.

I mixed the developer and color together in the squeeze bottle. (I could have mixed it in a bowl.)

The directions were clear and easy to follow.
The directions were clear and easy to follow.

I followed the directions carefully. The entire project took about an hour.

For the final step I still had half a bottle of color to use.
For the final step I still had half a bottle of color to use.

There was plenty of colorant for my hair which is not always the case with drugstore kits.

I like my hair lightest blonde in summer.
I like my hair lightest blonde in summer.

And I’m blonde.

Have you tried any wild colors in your hair?

Flooring Delivered

Slowly but surely the logs from our felled trees are being removed from the front yard.

The large sections of tree are heavy and awkward.
The large sections of tree are heavy and awkward.

Yesterday our son came over to move a few more logs over to the pile near the woodshed. He has promised to come from time to time and move some more. It’s a labor intensive job.

The yard was cleared enough to back a trailer up to the ramp to the front porch.
The yard was cleared enough to back a trailer up to the ramp to the front porch.

It’s a good thing he cleared the front yard because The Viking came over yesterday evening to deliver the unfinished oak flooring that I ordered here.

The trailer holds 400 square feet of oak flooring.
The trailer holds 400 square feet of oak flooring.

As he and Charlie were carrying all 400 square feet of it into the house I noticed it was the wrong size.

The kitchen floor (top) connected well to the vintage dining room floor with 2-14 inch boards.
The kitchen floor (top) connected well to the vintage dining room floor with 2-14 inch boards.

Our floorboards are 2-1/4 inches wide.

I've decided to use this flooring that is an inch wider than the original flooring in the house.
I’ve decided to use this flooring that is an inch wider than the original flooring in the house.

Unfortunately I ordered 3-1/4 inch wood.

The conservatory floor will be laid at right angles to the dining room which, hopefully, will diminish the visual variance.
The conservatory floor will be laid at right angles to the dining room which, hopefully, will diminish the visual variance.

I checked my order form and sure enough I ordered the wrong width.

The master suite hall and closet will also be floored with the new flooring.
The master suite hall and closet will also be floored with the new flooring.

Alas, I’m just going to live with it.  I can’t bear the thought of returning all this wood and reordering. I really need someone to check my figures before I order.

Have you made an error in figuring that you chose not to correct?

Upgrading the Look of the Potager

We have an abundance of wood chips.

Deep in the backyard looking toward the vegetable garden in the middle.
Deep in the backyard looking toward the vegetable garden in the middle.

Charlie uses them to neaten his already ordered garden.

Cardboard deters weeds.
Cardboard deters weeds.

First he lays down either corrugated cardboard or layers of newspaper.

Dump the chips from a wheelbarrow and smooth them with a rake.
Dump the chips from a wheelbarrow and smooth them with a rake.

Then he covers everything with a thick blanket of wood chips.

The chips also keeps mud and dirt from being tracked into the house.
The chips also keeps mud and dirt from being tracked into the house.

The beauty of this method is that it discourages weeds and eventually biodegrades.

The garden viewed from the master suite deck.
The garden viewed from the master suite deck.

Square-foot gardening is compact and productive.

Garden viewed from the master bathroom window.
Garden viewed from the master bathroom window.

And now the garden is also attractive.

Have you done a project with salvaged materials?

We Kept the Wood

When our giant but dead oak trees were taken down we kept the wood chips.

Wood on the east side of the front yard.
Wood on the east side of the front yard.

We also let them leave the rounds of wood in the yard.

The front yard is full of heavy oak rounds.
The front yard is full of heavy oak rounds.

Charlie plans to use this oak as firewood.

Charlie is moving the smaller rounds first.
Charlie is moving the smaller rounds first.

I know we will use some, some we will sell, and some we’ll just give away to the neighbors.

Our woodshed is fairly empty.
Our woodshed is fairly empty.

Charlie started moving the lumber closer to our wood shed and the wood splitter.

Charlie will be piling wood for a long time.
Charlie will be piling wood for a long time.

It’s a big job which will only increase when our last but largest tree is felled in a couple of weeks.

Happy Independence Day!

Do you have an outdoor firepit? Do you enjoy it?