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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Get a dog. Complete! 3/31/2018 Cafe culture.
Have ancestry confirmed through DNA. Complete! 5/19/2018
Write a personal mission statement. Complete! 6/28/2018
Stain the interior wood doors.
3 sets finished – 2 sets to go. 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. Take a trip to the UK.
Planned for Fall, 2018. Get rid of 50 books.
No matter how many books I get rid of I still seem to have more. Evaluate and upgrade home electronics: CD player, speaker, turntable, tape deck, DVD player, TV.
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. Revisit my will, trust, and POA.
National Wildlife Visitor Center Visit
Cryptographic Museum Make a stone patio with
firepit. Host a swap meet.
We’ve had book swaps and soup swaps. Maybe we’ll try something new. Get rid of 101 items.
I am fifty-two items lighter. Hang photos in upstairs hall
Take dance lessons — Tango
Casablanca party/movie night.
Someday I’m going to have a Casablanca themed party. Host a dinner party for 8
Organize trip to a Caribbean island – Cuba. Complete! 8/1/2017 Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro in Havana Bay Work on family recipe
Visit a waterfall
Cunningham Falls, Thurmont MD Complete! 8/1/2017 Cunningham Falls in Maryland See the Southern Cross in person
Go to the beach for a long weekend
The last time we were at the beach (in California). Host a scavenger hunt.
Make a month’s worth of meals one weekend.
Planned for July, 2018. Make a home maintenance calendar.
Set blogging goals.
Work on wardrobe: buy what I need, get rid of what I don’t, make a list of everything.
Started 6/27/2018 Sort out things in attic by attaching children’s names, give away, sell, etc.
The attic is overdue for a major tidying. Learn to copyright (watermark) photos
legacy file Make a photo album of Mommie
Paint some canvasses
Chapel in the yard at The Glade
There must be an appropriate spot for a small chapel in our yard. Ride on a Vespa
Locate and catalog local thrift stores
Develop a cleaning schedule
Write a novel based on work
Increase net worth by 25%
Currently up 6%
Statue of Liberty. Complete! 10/27/2017 How beautiful is Lady Liberty! Paint landscapes/seascapes on canvas/wood
Take a cruise.
Leave from the Port of Baltimore. Memorize a poem.
Make a household inventory with photos
Finish laundry room
Give heirlooms to children – hope chest, china, desk/chair, Christmas china, sleds – 1 for each
3 sleds Finish painting trim in pink bedroom
Make a master menu for 14 days of meals
Wash all the windows in the house
We have a lot of windows. Paint dining room table – finish sanding, prime and paint
Use my God box.
Build bench for mudroom.
shelves in master bedroom.
We must finish the bedroom shelves.
Landscape the front yard
Complete! 6/11/2018 Now we’re just waiting for everything to grow. Read 2
biographies Read 2
classics Design Etsy boutique packaging
Fund my Revocable Trust
Achieve my personal weight goal
Get rid of 5 big items from the house:
This dinosaur is history.
Yard cart Sold! Design and print business cards
Celebrate our 10th anniversary.
9/12/2019 Organize papers, bills, and contracts from renovation
Trip to Venice/Serbia/Greece.
Attend 5 concerts — Rheinberger’s Organ Concerto No. 1, Saint – Saëns Organ Symphony, Glenmar Dance Music, 50th Anniversary Organ Concert, BSO Gala 2017 Complete! 9/9/2017 Visit Smith Island, Maryland
Planned for the end of July, 2018 Start a new blog: “Let’s Fake the Music”
Lead a Bible study at home
Plan my funeral
Hang exterior shutters
Complete! 9/23/2017 The before and after of the shutter installation. Build a structure for trash cans and recycle bins
Upgrade deck off master bedroom with new surface and railings
The master deck. Make curtains for master bedroom
Install all trim
Paint all trim
Finish painting exterior details (
oil tank, vents, etc.)
The tank is painted. Clean out car
Clean up all paint cans
Clear out the basement
Remove 10 boxes from the attic
Set up a better home office
Perhaps we can set up the office area in the pink bedroom better.
Refinish sleigh bed
Complete! 9/23/2017 A recent project was refinishing the bedframe of the sleigh bed. Build frame for full length mirror
This mirror needs a frame.
Renovate pink bathroom Complete! 6/27/2018 The guest bathroom is ready for guests. Renovate powder room
Started 6/30/2018 Let’s update the bibliotheque. Paint all
interior doors grey
First floor doors finished; 3 doors on second floor still need painting.
Have 5 parties. Complete! 3/17/2018
Coffee table for conservatory Paint secretary
I think painting will improve this secretary. Finish
living room curtains Dye hall rug
This rug is a little bland.
Fix hall water wall Complete! 3/28/2018 Paint green vanity
The dressing table in the master bathroom might not want to be green anymore. Refinish tall dresser
Finish cushions in dining room
Clear out mud room closet
The closet has become a storage spot for lots of stuff that doesn’t belong.
Whiten my teeth Complete! 6/28/2018
sunflowers Complete! 7/14/2017 A wall of sunflowers attracts bees and gold finches.
Fast for 24 hours Complete! 6/29/2018 Private
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?