My Bucket List Progress

I know I have a lot of lists. The Bucket List, however, has no ending date except the obvious one.

Travel is high on my list.

To that end here is my Bucket List: Items in grey have been on the list for awhile; items in orange are new to the list; items in blue have been accomplished.

  1. See the pyramids in Egypt –  hoping also to cruise on the Nile and ride a camel.

    I’d like to visit Egypt.
  2. Inspire somebody to do something great — not sure that if I do inspire anyone I may never actually know it.
  3. Own my house 

    We’re cozy and happy at The Glade.
  4. Write a book and have it published — I don’t know what the actual subject might be but I think I would write a fictional story.
  5. Visit the Louvre in France — I have been to the Louvre and have seen the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus de Milo. 

    I’ve seen the Mona Lisa.
  6. Ride in a hot air balloon
  7. Take a ride in a gondola in Venice

    Venice would be the start of a great adventure.
  8. Go on a cruise — I’m making plans to leave from Baltimore Harbor and cruise to Bermuda.
  9. Audition for a movie — I would have to check the local casting calls.  Getting the part is not as important as auditioning.
  10. Own a beach house — I have been regularly checking real estate ads for a run down fixer-upper.  I don’t know if this will happen but it is not impossible.

    Here’s a quarter acre in Virginia for $6,750.
  11. Invent something — I’m hoping I could invent something that would be useful and bring in some cash.
  12. Have a million dollars — working on it.
  13. Go whale watching
  14. Buy a stranger a meal
  15. Do something I know is reckless!
  16. Fly in a helicopter
  17. Read the Bible — I read the entire Bible in a year. Very inspirational and enlightening.

    I finished in May, 2017.
  18. Save somebody’s life
  19. Fly 1st class
  20. Make and sell a product
  21. See the Southern Cross in person

    The Southern Cross.
  22. Visit Greece
  23. Visit London — Planned for Fall, 2018.
  24. See the Northern Lights — I’d like to view the Northern Lights — the Aurora Borealis — from Iceland.
  25. Visit New Orleans 
  26. Learn to Tango

That’s 25 items.  I reserve the right to add more.  As I was looking at other people’s lists and trying to add to my own I realized I had already done quite a few things in my lifetime that would have been on my list had I made one earlier in my life.

I have a lot to do and see in this world.  I better get busy.



New Rosemary Needed

I like having pot of rosemary in the garden.

The 2 grey-green pots are planted with rosemary from a couple years ago.

Generally rosemary is a perennial plant and lives on from year to year.

The rosemary is dead and the pot is being overtaken with weeds.

Unfortunately the rosemary did not overwinter very well.

This tiny plant will soon grow large enough to use for cooking.

While Charlie and I were at the local nursery buying tomato plants I bought 2 rosemary plants to start anew in the urns.

Do you have a favorite herb?

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

Keeping Puppy Safe in the Car

Charlie and I have had Dash our dachshund puppy for a month.

Dash in a box on the front seat of the car.

I have been taking him back and forth to work with me everyday.  He has been sitting in a box on the front seat which he did very well except that he wanted to be with me in the driver’s seat.  I never let that happen.

Ezydog extra small camouflage harness.

I purchased online a EzyDog Quick Fit Custom Fit Adjustable Dog Harness and an adjustable restraint that clicks into the seatbelt.

Dash could pull his short legs out of the harness.

We had a problem with the harness because Dash could get his short little leg out of it and basically could take it off.  We went to a local pet store which sells the same harness where a knowledgeable representative helped us put the harness on Dash to no avail.  This harness wasn’t meant for him.

This harness fits a dachshund very well.

We bought instead a Ruffwear harness in XXS which fits very well and makes Dash look like a service dog.

The harness allows Dash to relax in the back seat.

He tried it this morning and we had the best car ride yet.

Now I can drive without monitoring the dog.

In the meantime I emailed EzyDog about our problem with the Quick Fit harness and I received a prompt response that said they were sorry and would indeed refund our purchase price.  In addition, instead of mailing the harness back, we should just donate it to a local animal shelter. Our funds have been refunded and I will donate the harness on Thursday when we go to the vet’s office.

Have you found a company that has great customer service?

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?

Recent Purchases

I’ve been ordering a few new toys for Dash.

The little green monster in front of the basket is history.

The only toy he has been unable to chew to pieces is from Nylabone.

This toy is supposed to help clean teeth.

Nylabone Puppy Chew Toy, Petite (above)

This teething toy seems to be a favorite.

Nylabone Just for Puppies Extra Small Pacifier Bone Puppy Dog Teething Chew Toy (above)

Ezydog extra small camouflage harness.

And I discovered after taking him to work everyday for almost a month that he would probably be safer if I got him a harness and tether for the car.

Dash in the box in the car. (That’s a pen from the center console in is mouth.)

He has been riding in a box but it takes him a long time to settle down. I’m hoping the limit of the tether will give him both security and freedom.

Do your animals like to ride in the car? Do they behave?

An Imported Dog Basket

I bought a few things for our dachshund puppy Dash back in March.

If Dash couldn’t convince us to pick him up he had to sleep on the floor.

Everything arrived quickly except the willow dog bed which was mailed from Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 14 and arrived at our house April 19.

Wicker dog bed

I was hoping the 60-centimeter-long bed would be a good fit for Dash as a puppy and also as a grown dog. At last count he weighed 7 pounds at 11 weeks. He shouldn’t grow to much more than 10 pounds.

Dash jumps into his bed anytime he wants to rest which is much of the time.

When the bed arrived I padded it with an old feather bed pillow.  Dash knew it was his and he hopped right in it.

Sug’s puppy is only a week old now. His eyes aren’t even open yet.

Actually I ordered two baskets exactly alike just in case Sug decided to get a puppy, too. After much consideration she is getting a puppy born April 17.  We’ll be picking him up in the middle of June.  So exciting.

Do you have a favorite dog name?