Our Curbless Showers

I had to plan and scheme to make the 2 showers in our new bathrooms zero threshold entries.

The curbless shower.

Since they have been finished for a couple of years now I can definitely say they were the right way to go.

The Conservatory bathroom shower.
The last item was window trim.

While we don’t use the one in the conservatory much at this time it is a neat looking design which works well.

The shower in the master bath is at the far end of the room.

Our everyday shower in the master suite is used multiple times each day.

The entire master bath floor is mosaic marble.

There is no water leakage issue. The floor and surround are easy to clean.

The master shower is fit for a snooty diva.

I can recommend going to the extra trouble of installing a curbless shower especially if someone in the household uses a walker or wheelchair.  Those are not yet our issues but we’ll be prepared if they ever arise.

Do you have a favorite feature in your bathroom?


Fall is Filling Up

Life goes along lazily in summer and then autumn comes.

When the leaves turn in autumn the yard is ablaze with color.

Everything starts to happen and our schedules fill up really fast.

We’ll sing our hearts out.

Sug, Charlie, and I have joined a choir which is planning to put on an extravaganza program on December 8th.

Charlie’s building fires to keep the walkers warm.

And Sug and Charlie usually take part in a 3-day Christmas pageant at the beginning of December. Sug helps set up and Charlie tends multiple outdoor fires. I’m merely a spectator at this event.

Charlie has been playing the organ and piano at churches for close to forty years.

Charlie has also taken on playing worship services at 2 new churches. Good luck keeping this schedule straight.

I need an original party theme.

December is going to be hectic but I’m hoping to plan a great holiday season with lots of guests and friends.

The dedication will take place behind the greenhouse.

We’ll get in the mood early in October with the Dedication of the Chapel at the Glade. I’ll have to begin working on an invitation soon.

Is it too early to think about winter holidays?


When Charlie and I travel, if we have time, I like to arrange something ordinary that we might do at home.

Charlie’s French haircut.

Usually one or both of us gets a haircut.  In France we had a day out in Versailles and both of us had a cut — Charlie with Laurent (at Thierry Rolland, I think) and I in a nearby ladies’ salon.

The Cuban barber was adept with a straight razor.

In Cuba Charlie had a $3 cut in a typical neighborhood shop.

We’ll be staying the area in the green circle, Chelsea.

So I thought I’d find a place for a haircut in London.  We’re staying in the Chelsea area so I Googled “barbers”.

I’ll try the unisex salon: Scissors and Guys.

I think we’ll try Scissors and Guys for me.

The Turkish barber serves lovely refreshments as part of the service.

But after his $3 haircut in Cuba I think he deserves something more which I think I found in Haks Oscar.  Very posh, Very un-Charlie.

An economical barber shop on Covent Garden.

Maybe, though, he would prefer George’s place in Covent Garden. I’ll let you know.

Do you have a travel ritual that brings you close to the people?

Odd and Ends

I finally got started reading the novels and biographies that are listed on my 101 in 1001.

I hope Jane Austen turns out to be my cup of tea.

Since we’re headed to Bath in the UK next month I decided to read 2 Jane Austen classics — Persuasion and Northanger Abbey — both of which are set in Bath.

I found a new biography in the library: My Paris Dream by Kate Betts. I’m hoping to get through all this reading in the next 3 weeks.

Bone broth simmers for 12 to 24 hours.

A while back I began a bone broth diet and to date have lost 20 pounds.  People are beginning to notice.

We’ll be leaving from the “Cruise Maryland Terminal”.

I’ve begun planning next year’s travel.  We’re hoping to take a cruise, visit an old friend in Europe, and spend some time in a sandy place.

The shelf before we took it down — the powder room has changed quite a bit.

Tomorrow Sug and I will attempt to rehang the overhead shelf in the powder room.

What plans are you making?

The Boys

Charlie and I have a puppy named Dash and Sug has a younger puppy named Rory.

Dash on the left, Rory on the right.

Both are male longhaired dachshunds.  Rory seems to be a true mini while Dash is more of a tweenie.


Both dogs enjoy lounging on Sug’s deck in front of the Cottage.

The boys have been getting along very well.

One of Dash’s favorite tricks is rolling over.

Both pay close attention when learning a trick.  Even the word “trick” helps to focus them.  I think they know that “trick” means “treat”.

Dash promoted himself to Chairdog of the Board. (He’s not permitted on furniture.)

I spend more time with Dash than with Rory.  Dash accompanies me to work every day.

Somebody looks guilty.

Some days he even helps with the shredding!

What aggravating antic does your pet pull?

101 in 1001 #4 — Summer, 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. Now that summer has started we’re hoping to make some quick progress on items that need fair weather.   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 DNAComplete! 5/19/2018  
  3. Write a personal mission statement. Complete! 6/28/2018  
  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 fifty-two items lighter.
  16. Hang photos in upstairs hall
  17. Take dance lessons — Tango
  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   

    Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro in Havana Bay
  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 July, 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. Started 6/27/2018
  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 LibertyComplete! 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  Complete! 6/11/2018 

    Now we’re just waiting for everything to grow.
  56. Read 2 biographies
  57. Read 2 classics
  58. Design Etsy boutique packaging
  59. Fund my Revocable Trust
  60. Achieve my personal weight goal Started 6/28/2018
  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

  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  Complete! 6/27/2018  

    The guest bathroom is ready for guests.
  86. Renovate powder room Started 6/30/2018

    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 Complete! 6/28/2018
  99. Plant sunflowers Complete! 7/14/2017 

    A wall of sunflowers attracts bees and gold finches.
  100. Fast for 24 hours Complete! 6/29/2018
  101. Private

A New Pup and a Treat

While Sug was traveling back to the US from her mission in the Dominican Republic Charlie and I were traveling to Pennsylvania to pick up a puppy for her.

While riding Dash wears a green harness that is attached to a tether hooked into the seatbelt system.

Dash went with us. He is our 4-and-a-half-month-old long-haired dachshund who weighs 12 pounds.

Little Rory was interested in Dash as soon as they met.

Sug’s dog’s name is Rory and at 8 weeks he weighs 4 pound 3 ounces, one-third of Dash’s weight.

Pretty sure Dash’s look means “GET RID OF IT!!”

Rory snuggled up close to Dash for the long ride home.

One Puppuccino for Dash.

We stopped at the only Starbucks along the route so Charlie and I could have a coffee and also to get some water for the dogs.  After a little research I found out that Starbucks has an off-menu, free treat for dogs: The Puppuccino.

Dash licked every last drop of whipped cream.

The Puppuccino is a tiny cup filled with whipped cream. Dash enjoyed his very much.

Rory, short for Aurora which means dawn.

Rory enjoyed the ice water.

What treat does your pet especially enjoy?