I’ve decided to give the new project a name: Grace Cottage.
I’ve also been looking around my house for furniture and other items that might be useful down there. Here’s the list:
Furniture from The Glade to Grace
Twin bed and mattress/bedding
The bed frame, mattress, and boxspring that used to be in Sug’s Cottage is heading for the Eastern shore. Desk
The desk in the pink bedroom was bought for my son when he was a boy. Laundry bags
I have a few old lamps that might be useful. Small table in attic
Silverware in kitchen
Hutch in laundry room
The hutch top from our laundry room might be useful in the new Cottage. Curtains
Our old green mailbox can replace the one that is there now. Big
I have a large wall mirror that we removed from the pink bathroom.
Sug is sending her sofa because she is planning to get a new one. Air mattress and pump
I’m trying my best to simplify but I get some opposition. Yet I persist.
In what do you persist?
Next Monday I’m buying a house on which I chose not to have a contingency due to condition.
The front of the house is the best view at this time.
We had a comprehensive inspection and unfortunately the house is in very rough condition so I have made a “let’s get started” list.
The electric box is on the side of the house.
Even before the inspection I had the electricity turned on. And the estate agent had the bank send a man to dewinterize the house including turning on the water.
We were happy that the well pump worked when the electric was turned on.
Happily the electric works; the water runs and is potable.
The sides and back of the house are dirty and in some cases falling apart.
get list of contractors from real estate agent: Electrician, Plumber, Roofer, General contractor
remove tree on power lines
This evergreen tree has fallen on power lines which can cause a potential problem. call plumber – look at water heater, furnace, propane heater, all plumbing
clean up old tractors, mowers, debris, etc., photograph and list on Craigslist
Fixing the sheds will have to wait. call oil company
make plan for cleaning each room
pull up carpet per room
The bathroom is very dirty but the dirt comes off easily. clean kitchen – test appliances
Our inspector checked the stove and it works. clean laundry room – test appliances
We’re not sure why the water heater doesn’t work. power wash deck, translucent stain
The deck seems to be sturdy and dirty. check out dock by pond
The dock near the pond seems to be weak and sinking. completely clean screen porch
This porch is screened in but in rough shape. call roof contractor
The roof is leaking steadily into the kitchen. tear down kitchen wall and ceiling
The kitchen wall is soaked and needs to be removed. tear down bathroom wall
Call internet/phone company
That should get us well on our way.
What system in your house is most important to you?
Last Saturday we dedicated our outdoor chapel area with 30 or so friends and relatives.
The benches are permanent seating.
We were concerned that it might storm and threaten our plans but the rain held off until the middle of the night.
We offered a mixture of chartreuse coleus, pink and dark pink impatiens, and 3 colors of nicotiana.
During the service each person was instructed to
choose a plant, write a dedication, and place the plant in the spot where he or she wanted it to be planted.
Some of the other labels were very personal.
Charlie was amazed at the care everyone gave to the task of honoring a person or time that is meaningful.
The flowers were planted in the places where they had been set along with their markers.
Since it rained all day Sunday the flowers could not be planted but today Sug got right on it and planted all of the flowers.
Each person could also take home a plant for his/her own garden.
There were some left over which we placed in the empty spots.
The pink flowers are nicotiana — they came in 3 colors.
Our meditation garden is set up for our private use. The flowers will provide a colorful serenity to the area and hopefully will attract our beloved
Whom would you like to honor?
Let me preface this post by saying I love tiramisu.
Lady fingers soaked in coffee with mascarpone cheese, eggs, and whipped cream is traditional tiramisu.
However, I was looking for an easy dessert that featured some springtime lightness.
The lady fingers are dipped into a mixture of strawberry preserves, water, and balsamic vinegar.
Into a google search I put the words: cream, strawberries, lady fingers. The result was a recipe for
These lady fingers, also called
The most difficult part of the recipe was finding the hard ladyfingers; I searched 4 grocery stores until I finally located them.
This layered dessert is easy to assemble.
It takes no cooking or baking and has no raw eggs.
The crispy lady fingers soften up overnight.
I thought the recipe was worth a try since it only needs to be assembled and can be made a day in advance.
Happily the third dish of dessert was left for us to eat after the party.
If you’re only serving one dessert, this is THE one.
What’s your go-to dessert?
I like brisket but I’ve never made one before today.
I cut the brisket in half so it would fit in the pot.
For tomorrow’s party I cooked a 4.5 pound brisket.
The pieces browned in the oven while I made the very simple tomato sauce.
First I let it come to room temperature (about an hour). I couldn’t decide whether to cook it in my large paella pan or cut it in half to braise in a Dutch oven. I decided on the Dutch oven so I wouldn’t have to fool with foil.
I used unsalted crushed tomatoes from Trader Joe’s.
this recipe, I browned the meat in the oven while making the sauce.
Fresh rosemary smells so nice.
I used fresh rosemary from my pots near the porch and chopped it in a small electric herb grinder. I used about half the herbs and spices since my piece of meat was about half size.
The recipe makes a ton of sauce which would be good on rice or quinoa.
I replaced the wine in the sauce with bone broth because my family doesn’t like wine-flavored sauces.
The meat cooked for about 4 hours and is very tender.
The brisket cooked for 4 hours and came out nice and tender. I let it cool then put it in the refrigerator.
I ate a little bowl of the spicy sauce.
The sauce is delicious and very spicy. Instead of blending the sauce smooth I decided I like it chunky. Tomorrow we’ll heat up the sauce and serve the meat at room temperature.
When was the last time you cooked a piece of beef?
Unfortunately I have used 90% of my upload limit furnished by WordPress for this blog:
Let’s Face the Music.
Before and after the shutter installation in 2017.
I can continue by paying for a premium plan or I can start a new blog.
Glade Cottage in 2011
The Cottage has come a long way in the past 3 years since Sug moved in.
In the next few months I plan to start a new blog called:
Let’s Fake the Music.
We’ll be working on this 1930s Cape Cod Cottage to make it liveable and charming.
Since we’ll be starting a new major renovation project in the next couple of weeks it’s a good time for a new beginning.
Are you beginning a new chapter?
We’re having a
get-together on Saturday for which I’ve promised dinner.
Tags for the party favors — small plants for each guest.
I wanted a menu that doesn’t take much last minute prep because Charlie, Sug, and I each have a role in the preliminary
part of the celebration.
The first part of the party will take place in the lower yard — a little risky.
I’ve updated my preliminary menu which was actually slated for last autumn. Most items are the same except for the nod to spring in the dessert.
The oven will be in use for hours.
With Sug’s help I plan to cook on Friday afternoon and evening including preparing the dessert. I think we’re expecting about 25 people and not everyone is staying for dinner so some recipes will need to be doubled and others tripled.
Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?