Erecting the Cross for Glade Chapel

On the very same day it was built, the cross for the Chapel at The Glade was put in place.

The cross is 8 feet long by 4 feet wide

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.

The chosen spot.

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.

The soil is very hard to dig unless it has recently rained.

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.

The stakes will ultimately be hidden.

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.

Check the level in both directions so the post is plumb.

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.

The cross is arched by a dogwood tree when viewed from the Cottage deck.

Next step is to add some seating and plantings to finish the chapel atmosphere.

What’s your favorite summer flowering plant?


Building a Cross for Glade Chapel

I have been planning a place for meditation at The Glade for a long time.

I envisioned the Chapel in a quiet and slightly secluded area.

I just didn’t know what it should look like.

The Guatemalan Cross was hung on a school in Santa Maria de Jesus.

Then Sug told me about the cross building project she and other missionaries made on her last trip to Guatemala.

The end of the 4-foot piece was cut on a chop saw.

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.

The saw was used to cut the edges of the lap halfway down the width of the wood.

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.

The remainder of the wood was chiseled out as smoothly and possible on both the post and the crosspiece.

Sug used a back saw and chisel and hammer to cut out the section I had marked with pencil.

The half-lap joint cutouts are visible.

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.

Drilling pressure-treated lumber is extremely difficult.

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.


Our next step will be placement in the yard.

How are your woodworking skills?

120 Percenter

I have always said Sug is a 120 percenter. I, on the other hand, am an 80 percenter.

The 3 of us built the greenhouse although that’s not how Sug and Charlie tell it.

Together we get things done. From time to time Charlie also steps in on the action.

This past weekend we completed the baseboard trim in the master closet.

Master closet before trim was installed.

Before photo above; after below.

The baseboard is set. Shoe molding still needed.

Sug also painted the door to the pink tiled bathroom.


If those two chores were not sufficient Sug began to remove the wallpaper from the powder room.

The wallpaper is coming down slowly.

It was stuck on much more than expected.

The wall underneath is in so-so condition.

The planned afternoon job took 3 days.

Sug likes to mow and we have a big yard.

And the lawn is mowed.

We have had the lumber for the cross project for awhile.

We started building a cross for the yard today on Independence Day.

I helped by eyeing measurements and marking the wood.

Sug didn’t need a time-out, but I did.

Do you have a favorite backyard feature?

Glade Cottage Shower Curtain

I saw a shower curtain on sale ($79 marked down to $24) at The Company Store.

I liked this shower curtain in my color palette but I only have one bathroom that needs a shower curtain and it’s pink.

This bordered white curtain is such a fresh look.

I made this shower curtain when I lived in Greenwich Village in the late ’70s.

I can’t use a shower curtain but Sug has been using the one that was in The Cottage when she moved in.

The colors in this shower curtain complement The Cottage colors.

There was a second shower curtain at The Company Store similar to the top photo.

The colors in the shower curtain remind me of Sug’s vintage stoneware.
The flowers of the stoneware echo the colors in the room.
The flowers of the stoneware echo the colors in the room.

I ordered the curtain which will be delivered tomorrow. (I was not perked or paid to talk about these products.)

The new curtain should brighten up the bathroom.

And by the way, Sug approves.

How old is your shower curtain?

Working on Chapel at the Glade

Number 35 on my current 101 in 1001 is to make a chapel, a simple chapel, in the yard.

This cleared area was a tangle of honeysuckle and poison ivy.

Sug has been clearing the vines under the tree just below the Cottage.

This stump is on its way out.

And Charlie is working on the big stump from the oak tree that was removed.

Our inspiration for a small meditation area in the yard.

Our inspiration is to have a simple cross surrounded by flowers. Sug helped build a cross for a school in Guatemala during her mission trip there.

Perhaps the remaining stump can be the base of the cross.

Charlie has a bit more chipping away at the stump but I’m hoping that by working together we’ll have the installation complete by summer.

Do you have an installation planned or in the works?

A Grateful Gift

Charlie and I have been working with our church choir for almost 8 years.  Now we are leaving so I wanted a special gift to show them just how much they mean to us.

Serving others is important to us.

I found a beautiful description of a simple towel which reminds us how it can be used for service to another person.  I wrapped this message in the towel.

A variety of kitchen towels.

I also wanted to encourage them and us continue to be salt and light in the world.

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.     Matthew 5:13-14

I found a beautiful container of sea salt at Trader Joe’s that has a lighthouse on the package.

Salt and chocolate.


Salt and message are rolled in a towel.

Also at Trader Joe’s I purchased a dark chocolate baton to remind them that this parting is “bittersweet” which happens to be the title of the song we’ll sing on Easter morning.

The towel rolled around the salt canister easily.

I wrapped everything up together.

A pretty little package.

I tucked in the chocolate baton and tied it with ribbon.

Thank you, my dear friends.

I’m planning to offer each choir member a small and hopefully useful gift from the basket.

Do you have a go-to useful gift?

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas from Charlie and Jo and Sug to all our followers and readers. We have some trips planned for the new year in addition to projects that we hope will have a helpful tip or two.

The Christmas Family

Thanks for all your comments and questions. I look forward to continuing our conversations.

Have a Blessed Christmas today, tomorrow, and throughout the year.


What are you grateful for?