I always get a big head start thinking about Christmas because I listen to Christmas music in August so I can have about a month to learn it before I teach it to my choir. We started our rehearsals this past Sunday which means Christmas Day is 10 weeks away.
I was talking to Charlie and Sug about this year’s theme and they both looked at me like I was nuts.
In order to show them that I’m not as whacky as I seem I decided on themes myself.
The House (the house where Charlie and I live) will expand on last year’s theme of polar bears. To that end I bought 2 new door mats. If we ever get the side porch cleared of project supplies down they will go.
The Cottage (where Sug lives) will have it’s own theme of penguins (Sug’s favorite). I got her a door mat as well. Hers is already in place because the Cottage is always in order.
We also have cookie cutters for these two animals.
Last year after I declared the theme I kept coming across things that went with it. I trust this year will be no different.
Two weeks ago Charlie had knee surgery with complications so he’s been limping around. I was taken down with a headache producing sinus condition. We’ll both be fine but for now are sluggishly trying to snap back into action.
Our plans for the weekend are not very exciting. Saturday morning we’re heading to a funeral where Charlie is the musician.
I’m hoping to get just one task finished of the many we have in the works. Perhaps I can remove the wallpaper in the pink bathroom. Or continue to remove the tiles in there. The ceiling needs to be wiped down and painted. I also want to buy tile adhesive and measure the room up for new wallpaper. Any one of these items would be happily checked off the list.
In the late afternoon we have a casual church service at which Charlie is also the musician.
Then I have signed us up at the National Wildlife Center (#11 on my 101 in 1001) for a night hike to observe bats. I’m hoping Charlie will be in shape for a hike but his leg might be too tired due to 2+ hours of piano playing. He stomps his foot a lot and feels it adds to the general distress he feels in his leg.
Finally we’re picking up my friend who lives in The Cottage from her week away in the tropics on a mission trip.
That’s a full day which doesn’t promise to be too productive.
April was a month of progress, pleasure, and plight. We worked on a number of projects:
The master closet although not complete is well on the way to being finished. All supplies have been moved to the closet and out of the living room, dining room, and conservatory. Every weekend in April we — Charlie, my friend and I — did a task or two toward the completion of the master closet.
New Attic Stairs in The Cottage
The Cottage tenant had the stairs to the attic replaced with the hide-away, pull-down attic variety. They are much easier to handle as well as sleeker on the ceiling. Soon she’ll paint the door to match the ceiling and they’ll all but disappear when in closed position.
Crown Molding in The Cottage
Cornice molding in the Cottage as added a finishing touch to the walls. The white trim also sets off the pale grey-green of the ceilings.
By the end of April plants were well on the way toward feeding us.
Although not on the list for April Charlie got busy in his garden as the time was right. He pulled weeds, tilled, and planted.
The weekend after Easter Charlie and I went to see The Doo Wop Project in concert with the Baltimore Symphony. They’re a group of men who starred in Jersey Boys together singing classic tight harmonies . They can really sing and apparently love to perform. Our seats were in the 4th row so we really enjoyed all their antics: singing, dancing, and bantering.
Bridal Shower Planning
Finally we’re getting the house ready for a bridal shower.
I have been working on a menu and festive set up for a the party.
The week after Easter I was called to jury duty. I checked in for Monday and Tuesday by phone and was not needed. Finally on Tuesday night I checked in once again and was dismissed for the rest of the week. I never had to go to the courthouse — woo hoo!
The closet must be well on the way to being finished and all supplies off the first floor. Every weekend we get a little closer so I’m confident we’ll at least have all the lumber moved out of the first floor by El Cinco de Mayo, the day before we’re throwing a bridal shower.
Tomorrow is our oldest son’s birthday. I gave him the choice of my cooking at home, going to a restaurant, or ordering Chinese in. He chose Chinese at home. My favorite choice also.
Easter is the third Sunday of April this year. We attend a lot of services during Holy Week so we have no plans after church other than to have dinner out.
The week after Easter I have been called to jury duty. It seems to me I get this notice a lot and never seem to meet the criteria for opting out.
The weekend after Easter Charlie and I have tickets to see The Doo Wop Project. They’re a group of male singers who sing classic tight harmonies. Sounds like a fun evening.
Finally we’re getting the house ready for a bridal shower. The ladies of my choir are inviting all the women of the church to celebrate one of our own who is getting married early in June.
After that list it doesn’t seem like the closet will get finished.