Teeth Whitening

Number 98 on my 101 things to do in 1001 days  is to whiten my teeth.

My teeth need to be brighter than my hair.

Charlie and my dental hygienist think I have nice white teeth. I think they could be a little whiter.

Floss for travel and floss for home.

On a daily basis I floss, rinse with Crest 3-D White Lux mouthwash, and brush with an electric toothbrush and Crest 3-D White toothpaste.

Lumibrite seems to be a favorite on the internet.

I have tried 2 different whitening systems that use gel in a custom mouthguard.  One was from the dentist: Lumibrite. The other was generally available through mail order: ContrastPM. I’m opting for Lumibrite.

This should be at least 2 weeks of whitener which is sufficient for a good job.

Now Lumibrite is available from Amazon at a good price of 4 syringes for $13.38 so I have ordered some to use with my Invisalign retainer.  (When I bought it from the dentist it was $25 per syringe.)

Hoping for these results.

I hope to have gleaming white teeth for our travels near and far.

I haven’t been paid or perked for anything said in this post.

Do you have a good dental plan?


Collecting Supplies for Trim Installation

We stopped working on the  bedroom trim back in the fall of 2017.

The lumber is lying across our passageway from the hall to the bathroom.

We already brought the wood back inside from outside where we have been storing it.

This section of baseboard in the bedroom needs shoe molding.

We will also need:

  • trim paint
  • paint brushes

    My brushes are all over the house right now.
  • miter saw

    We’ll set up the miter saw on the deck outside the master bedroom.
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • drop cloth
  • hammer
  • pneumatic tacker
  • air compressor and tubing

    I have a small compressor and 2 nailer guns.
  • framing square
  • lumber: 1 by 4s, ogee molding , shoe molding

    The upstairs hall still has piles of trim pieces.

What did I forget? There’s always something I either forget or can’t find.

The shoe towers on the left need selves.

I also need to add shelves to the shoe towers.

Face frames will cover the raw edges of the plywood.

And, I almost forgot, add a face frame the entire closet with 1 by 2 lumber which needs to be ordered.

Are your tools organized and at hand?

This Time I’m Serious

We’ve been working on the master suite for years now.


Last year we installed the bare bones of the walk-in closet.

We held down the plastic with with furniture frames.

Then the weather turned bad and we had a lot of other things scheduled so we put the baseboard trim lumber covered with plastic out on the second floor deck.

The master closet is still cluttered but also in use.

Now I have set a goal to finish trimming the closet and the master bedroom by the end of July when we are having guests who will use the suite.

The drying wood.

To that end I laid out the 16-foot long wood on the deck this morning so it could dry out a bit in the 90 degree sun.

The lumber is lying across our passageway from the hall to the bathroom.

Then Charlie brought it in and shoved it under the bed so it can get acclimated again to the house. The fact that it obstructs the passageway in the bedroom will encourage us to get it finished sooner rather than later.

Baseboard runs around the master closet as well as the bedroom.

Chore for next week: remove all floor obstacles in the closet so trimming can begin next weekend.

Do you have a project with a looming time goal?

Summer Chores

All through the cold months we’ve let some big projects go by the wayside.

Baseboard runs around the master closet as well as the bedroom.

We must finish adding baseboard trim to the master closet, master bedroom, and upstairs hallway.

I think we can stow the trim under the bed although it will definitely be in the way.

Unfortunately we’ve been storing the lumber outside on the master deck.  It needs to come inside for a few weeks while it gets acclimated to the indoor climate.  The boards are 16 feet long so finding a reasonable storage will not be easy.

I don’t know who is going to do this job.

We also need to get the toilet in the little pink bathroom reset but the flange has to be changed.

My great grandmother might be the key to a DNA relationship.

I have to find my genealogy box with notes from the 1950s written by my mother’s aunt.  Someone from the DNA project has contacted me about a certain name which I think has some interest for me.

Little Rory is coming home on Saturday.

This weekend we’re picking up Sug’s new puppy. Then we’re picking up Sug at the airport when she arrives home from a week-long mission trip.

We have discovered a groundhog has made his home under Sug’s new deck. Oh NO!!!

It would be nice to get something done but I’m not hopeful.

What’s holding you up?

Charlie’s Mid-June Garden 2018

We’ve had lots of rain this month so the vegetable garden is growing well.

The esthetics of this year’s garden is wanting — no mulch yet.

Unfortunately the rabbits that live in the woods have been nibbling heartily at everything Charlie plants.

This year’s pea crop is snow peas. Usually we grow sugar snaps.

He has built his bamboo trellises and surrounded the crops with all sorts of wire barriers.

The peas taste good there are just not many of them.

I’ve eaten the few snow peas that the rabbits missed.

It won’t be long now.

On the bright side, the cucumbers are starting to gain some size. Charlie says we’ll be eating them within the week.

Do you preserve garden vegetables?

The Doggie Elimination Area

The east side of the house where I am cultivating a hydrangea hedge has been designated “the elimination area”.

The elimination area is behind the dog run in the east side of the yard.

This is the place where we take Dash to “do his business”.

The east yard is away from the main part of the back yard.

Charlie has come up with a system to help us avoid stepping in the remnants from earlier visits.

The markers are kept in a nearby urn with an olive tree planted in it.

When the dog has a successful outing we mark it with a skewer.  Charlie felt the plain skewers were not visible enough so he spray painted the tops red.

A marker in place.

Every couple of days Charlie polices this area.

Do you have a clever pet managing device?

My Blue Hydrangeas

I have always wanted a blue hydrangea hedge at the side of the house.

The hydrangea cuttings are planted.
The hydrangea cuttings were planted in September, 2015.

We have the perfect spot where hydrangea flowers turn a vivid blue and last a long time.

The hydrangeas were merely one-leaf sprigs a year ago.
The hydrangeas were merely one-leaf sprigs in 2015.
This year the blooms are profuse.

Now, not quite 3 years later, each leaf has grown into a full-fledged bush.

Looking down on the hydrangeas from the second floor deck last year, 2017.
The change in annual growth is exciting to witness.

The view from the upper deck shows great improvement. The space between each bush is filling in nicely.

This year’s blooms are slowly turning from cream to blue as the weather warms.

Surely we will be using some hydrangeas flowers in arrangements to brighten the house inside.

Nikko Blue hydrangeas.

And maybe giving some away.

I visit this area numerous times daily.

Turns out that I see this far side of the house often. So does the puppy.

What’s growing better in your yard: cultivated plants or weeds?