101 in 1001 #4 — Spring, 2018

Here is my new list beginning May 10, 2017 (first list ended 11/13/2011, second list 8/11/2014, third list 5/9/2017) until February 5, 2020. I’m almost one year into it and have definitely made some progress.   Completed items are in blue, black is the color for original post. Pink is the color for concrete plans. 

  1. Get a dog. Complete! 3/31/2018  

    Cafe culture.
  2. Have ancestry confirmed through DNAKit ordered.
  3. Write a personal mission statement.
  4. Stain the interior wood doors.

    3 sets finished – 2 sets to go.
  5. Hang a door at the entrance to the laundry.

    This solid wood door with 4 lights might fit the opening in the laundry room perfectly.
  6. Take a trip to the UK. Planned for Fall, 2018.
  7. Get rid of 50 books.

    No matter how many books I get rid of I still seem to have more.
  8. Evaluate and upgrade home electronics: CD player, speaker, turntable, tape deck, DVD player, TV.
  9. Make the guest room ready for guests.

    The treetops room needs to have all clutter removed before it is ready for guests including my shoes piled in the corner.
  10. Revisit my will, trust, and POA.
  11. Visit National Wildlife Visitor Center
  12. Visit Cryptographic Museum
  13. Make a stone patio with firepit.
  14. Host a swap meet.

    We’ve had book swaps and soup swaps. Maybe we’ll try something new.
  15. Get rid of 101 items. I am forty items lighter.
  16. Hang photos in upstairs hall
  17. Take dance lessons
  18. Host a Casablanca party/movie night.

    Someday I’m going to have a Casablanca themed party.
  19. Host a dinner party for 8
  20. Organize trip to a Caribbean island – Cuba. Complete! 8/1/2017 
  21. Work on family recipe book
  22. Visit a waterfall Cunningham Falls, Thurmont MD Complete! 8/1/2017 

    Cunningham Falls in Maryland
  23. See the Southern Cross in person
  24. Go to the beach for a long weekend

    The last time we were at the beach (in California).
  25. Host a scavenger hunt.
  26. Make a month’s worth of meals one weekend. Planned for June, 2018.
  27. Make a home maintenance calendar.
  28. Set blogging goals.
  29. Work on wardrobe: buy what I need, get rid of what I don’t, make a list of everything.
  30. Sort out things in attic by attaching children’s names, give away, sell, etc.

    The attic is overdue for a major tidying.
  31. Learn to copyright (watermark) photos
  32. Complete legacy file
  33. Make a photo album of Mommie
  34. Paint some canvasses
  35. Chapel in the yard at The Glade

    There must be an appropriate spot for a small chapel in our yard.
  36. Ride on a Vespa
  37. Locate and catalog local thrift stores
  38. Develop a cleaning schedule
  39. Write a novel based on work
  40. Increase net worth by 25% Currently up 6%
  41. Visit Statue of Liberty.  Complete! 10/27/2017 

    How beautiful is Lady Liberty!
  42. Paint landscapes/seascapes on canvas/wood
  43. Take a cruise. Leave from the Port of Baltimore.
  44. Memorize a poem.
  45. Make a household inventory with photos
  46. Finish laundry room
  47. Give heirlooms to children – hope chest, china, desk/chair, Christmas china, sleds – 1 for each

    3 sleds
  48. Finish painting trim in pink bedroom
  49. Make a master menu for 14 days of meals
  50. Wash all the windows in the house

    We have a lot of windows.
  51. Paint dining room table – finish sanding, prime and paint
  52. Use my God box.
  53. Build bench for mudroom.
  54. Build shelves in master bedroom.

    We must finish the bedroom shelves.
  55. Landscape the front yard

    The foundation planting is taking shape.
  56. Read 2 biographies
  57. Read 2 classics
  58. Design Etsy boutique packaging
  59. Fund my Revocable Trust
  60. Achieve my personal weight goal
  61. Get rid of 5 big items from the house:  Complete! 10/30/2017
    This dinosaur is history.

    Lawn mower 


    Lawn mower


    High chair


    Yard cart



    Cedar chest, Skittle game, Rocking horse, Chandelier, Easel,  Dollhouse, Saddle/horse gear

  62. Design and print business cards
  63. Celebrate our 10th anniversary. 9/12/2019
  64. Organize papers, bills, and contracts from renovation
  65. Trip to Venice/Serbia/Greece.
  66. Attend 5 concerts — Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto No. 1, SaintSaëns Organ Symphony, Glenmar Dance Music, 50th Anniversary Organ Concert, BSO Gala 2017 Complete! 9/9/2017 
  67. Visit Smith Island, Maryland Planned for the end of July, 2018 
  68. Start a new blog: “Let’s Fake the Music”
  69. Lead a Bible study at home
  70. Plan my funeral
  71. Hang exterior shutters Complete! 9/23/2017 

    The before and after of the shutter installation.
  72. Build a structure for trash cans and recycle bins
  73. Upgrade deck off master bedroom with new surface and railings

    The master deck.
  74. Make curtains for master bedroom
  75. Install all trim
  76. Paint all trim
  77. Finish painting exterior details (oil tank, vents, etc.)

    The tank is painted.
  78. Clean out car
  79. Clean up all paint cans
  80. Clear out the basement
  81. Remove 10 boxes from the attic
  82. Set up a better home office

    Perhaps we can set up the office area in the pink bedroom better.
  83. Refinish sleigh bed Complete! 9/23/2017 

    A recent project was refinishing the bedframe of the sleigh bed.
  84. Build frame for full length mirror

    This mirror needs a frame.
  85. Renovate pink bathroom

    We’re making progress.
  86. Renovate powder room

    Let’s update the bibliotheque.
  87. Paint all interior doors grey

    First floor doors finished; 3 doors on second floor still need painting.
  88. Have 5 parties. Complete! 3/17/2018
  89. Coffee table for conservatory
  90. Paint secretary

    I think painting will improve this secretary.
  91. Finish living room curtains 
  92. Dye hall rug

    This rug is a little bland.
  93. Fix hall water wall Complete! 3/28/2018
  94. Paint green vanity

    The dressing table in the master bathroom might not want to be green anymore.
  95. Refinish tall dresser
  96. Finish cushions in dining room
  97. Clear out mud room closet

    The closet has become a storage spot for lots of stuff that doesn’t belong.
  98. Whiten my teeth
  99. Plant sunflowers Complete! 7/14/2017 

    A wall of sunflowers attracts bees and gold finches.
  100. Fast for 24 hours
  101. Private

List, 2018: May Plans

We’re finally looking at consistently warm weather this week.  Charlie has been re-configuring and planting his garden.  He enjoys working outside in our yard which is totally beautiful at this time of year.

The dogwood bloom in April.


Charlie is planning to finish the grading and seeding of the front yard and the area between the house and his vegetable garden

Really tired of looking at dirt in front of the house.

This is heavy, gruesome job is on-going for Charlie but ultimately he is a careful worker.


I’m still focusing on making housing arrangements in London.

Our accommodations in Bath are at The Arlyngton House.

We have the added excitement that Sug might join us while we’re there.


We’re planning to meet friends at a favorite restaurant.

Dash likes a cold drink of water and his new car harness.

And we’re taking little Dash out for our coffee excursions.


We have tickets to see a practice flight of the Navy’s Blue Angels.

We’ll be on the grassy hill behind the Severn Inn. A picnic seems in order.

Exterior Outsourcing 

Both the Chapel at The Glade and Sug’s deck in front of the Cottage should be accomplished in May.

We like both the radish and the greens for eating.

Charlie is ready to begin harvesting especially radishes and in a few weeks sugar snap peas.


In addition to dog walks I would like to find a someplace where I could try tai chi because I’m fairly good at slooooow movement.

We saw a daily tai chi troupe in this park in Havana.

In Havana, Cuba a group assembled daily in John Lennon Park for tai chi.

Have you ever tried tai chi?


I have some big plans for April but so far have not made any real forward motion.  I’m hoping this coming weekend with its 80 degree weather will change all that.

Frankie Moreno at the BSO.

Tomorrow night we’re going to take in Frankie Moreno at the Baltimore Symphony.  That’s Charlie’s and my entertainment for this month.

Charlie’s idea of not letting the dog on the furniture.

While we’re out Sug is watching little Dash and introducing him to one of our good friends.

This edging is a good model for what we’d like.

Earlier in the week the cedar lumber was delivered with which we’re planning to line the front walkway.  Charlie has promised to phone the Stone Store tomorrow to find out what kind of stone is available and when it can be delivered. He is planning on getting the set-up started.

Over time I’ll be using this app to help me get healthier.

Finally I just discovered my phone has a “Health” app that counts my steps, mileage, and stair-climbing. Apparently it has been doing this for quite some time but I never knew. I’m going to try to make sure my phone is with me at all times (lest some movement is missed) and I’ll endeavor to make at least one ten additional steps daily until I reach 10,000 per day.

What do you keep track of?

3 Tea Sandwiches with a Twist

For our tea last month we served 3 very different tea sandwiches.

Tea sandwiches should always be just a few bites.

Actually we served a fourth — smoked salmon and cream cheese on Pepperidge Farm very thin 100% whole wheat bread.

The bread was cut into shape before making the sandwich.

The proverbial cucumber sandwich was made with Pepperidge Farm very thin white bread.

The sandwiches looked very plain and the shape difficult to decipher.

This time we used Persian cucumbers from Trader Joe’s which Sug cut into small thin slices and put between two slices of buttered white bread.

The slightly sweet and spicy pepper jelly was good with cucumber.

To enhance the shamrock shapeI heated up some homemade pepper jelly and piped it on in a loose shamrock.

Triple-decker sandwiches with a lot of flavor.

Then we made corned beef sandwiches following this recipe.  Don’t skip the butter/relish/mustard spread.  We changed the dill relish to bread-and-butter pickle relish and exchanged the brown mustard with Dijon.  After the party I grilled some of these on the stove.  So good.

I toasted sliced almonds in a bit of olive oil in a frying pan.

Finally we made chicken salad with rotisserie chicken breast, toasted sliced almonds (chopped), chopped dried cranberries, chopped celery, and mayonnaise.

Sug uses a very small ice cream scoop to fill the rolls with chicken salad.

The chicken salad was served on assorted rolls.

There wasn’t much left over which we finished in the next couple of days.

Do you have a favorite tiny sandwich?

List, 2018: April Plans

I’d like to start this post with a Happy Birthday message to our eldest son.

The first quarter of 2018 is over and we’ve made some progress (January, February, March).

Now it’s cold and rainy but soon spring will raise her lovely head and the dogwood trees will bloom so I offer our plans for April.


In order to get the wallpaper up in the pink bathroom I still need to smooth the wall.  Smoothing the walls is the goal for this weekend.

Still working on smoothing out the wall above the tile.


After the bathroom is underway I’m heading to the back bedroom where we’ve been storing all sorts of papers and projects. Instead of straightening this out I’ve actually added more clutter.

The treetops Bedroom is sunny in the morning.

That room is our main guest room.  Since I did not even get started in February March, I’m hoping to make a dent in March April.


We have no plans to entertain this month except to introduce Dash to our friends.

Dash has met a lot of new people in the past week since he’s moved into The Glade.


We have tickets to the symphony to see Vegas Nights starring Frankie Moreno.

Frankie Moreno at the BSO.

It should be a rollicking piano good time.

Exterior Outsourcing 

Sug’s carpenter is planning to install a deck in front of the Cottage.

This mock-up gives the idea of what we’re going for.

We’re hoping to install a deck and railing on the conservatory roof.


Since Dash showed up I’ve been walking much more trying to tire him out.  At this point in time Dash follows me wherever I go.  It won’t be long before I’ll start walking him on a lead just to get him accustomed a proper walk.  The walking doesn’t hurt me either.

Is there a bloom that heralds spring for you?  I’m torn between dogwood and lily of the valley.

The Firepit Needs an Upgrade

Number 13 of my 101 tasks in 1001 days is to build a firepit.


We’re inspired by this stone patio with fire pit.
A casual style.
Another gravel base.
Unfortunately ours will not have a water view.

I sent Charlie some inspiration photos. (See above.)

A rough idea.

I also planned a spot near the garden and near our back door but not smack dab in the middle of the yard.

Smok signals can be seen from the master bedroom window.

Charlie started to lay out the position of the firepit.

So eager to have a fire, Charlie used some cinder blocks we had on hand.

He got so carried away that he has had a fire 2 nights in a row in what I would call a makeshift firepit.

I hope he continues to work on this area with some better stones — maybe something natural.

The positioning is good but the execution is a bit underwhelming.

I guess we’ll be on the hunt for stones to replace the cinder blocks — soon.

Perhaps I can encourage him to scale it up a bit.

Do you enjoy a campfire?

List, 2018: March Progress

Instead of making progress on my plans for March I made progress on unplanned projects:

Even though March has another week, the planned projects will have to take a backseat to:

  • A friend’s birthday dinner on Monday,
  • A gift project on Tuesday,
  • My final choir rehearsal on Wednesday,
  • A Maundy service on Thursday,
  • A performance of John Stainer’s Crucifixion on Friday.

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year.


We’re still working on the pink bathroom and thus far have replaced the broken tiles.  We made no progress here in an entire month.  None. Nada. Zilch.

Still working on smoothing out the wall above the tile.
The ceiling is painted white and the old wallpaper has been removed.

We still need to paper the walls, hang a new mirror, etc.


After the bathroom is underway I’m heading to the back bedroom where we’ve been storing all sorts of papers and projects. Instead of straightening this out I’ve actually added more clutter.

The treetops Bedroom is sunny in the morning.

That room is our main guest room.  Since I did not even get started in February March, I’m hoping to make a dent in March April.


On the 17th of the month Charlie, Sug, and I hosted a tea for my Thursday night Bible study.

The dessert table at our tea.

As usual Sug was my right-hand helper and Charlie played the piano while we had an Irish sing-along.


This year, to celebrate Charlie’s and Sug’s birthday, we drove two hours to see our little puppy Dash which we will go to pick up in 2 weeks from today.

Little Dash fell asleep on my lap at the breeder’s house.

To prepare for his arrival I ordered some supplies and installed a baby puppy gate.

Exterior Outsourcing 

Sug’s carpenter returned to the house to finish repairing the hole in the upstairs  hall and finished installing the round window trim in the conservatory bathroom.

The window trim is in place and painted.

We’re hoping to install a deck and railing on the conservatory roof.


Instead of getting back to the gym I actually canceled my membership. I have decided to try to walk more. Since I will have a little puppy to train I think I’ll have incentive.

Do you have a favorite Easter tradition?