April was a month of progress, pleasure, and plight. We worked on a number of projects:
The master closet although not complete is well on the way to being finished. All supplies have been moved to the closet and out of the living room, dining room, and conservatory. Every weekend in April we — Charlie, my friend and I — did a task or two toward the completion of the master closet.
New Attic Stairs in The Cottage
The Cottage tenant had the stairs to the attic replaced with the hide-away, pull-down attic variety. They are much easier to handle as well as sleeker on the ceiling. Soon she’ll paint the door to match the ceiling and they’ll all but disappear when in closed position.
Crown Molding in The Cottage
Cornice molding in the Cottage as added a finishing touch to the walls. The white trim also sets off the pale grey-green of the ceilings.
By the end of April plants were well on the way toward feeding us.
Although not on the list for April Charlie got busy in his garden as the time was right. He pulled weeds, tilled, and planted.
The weekend after Easter Charlie and I went to see The Doo Wop Project in concert with the Baltimore Symphony. They’re a group of men who starred in Jersey Boys together singing classic tight harmonies . They can really sing and apparently love to perform. Our seats were in the 4th row so we really enjoyed all their antics: singing, dancing, and bantering.
Bridal Shower Planning
Finally we’re getting the house ready for a bridal shower.
I have been working on a menu and festive set up for a the party.
The week after Easter I was called to jury duty. I checked in for Monday and Tuesday by phone and was not needed. Finally on Tuesday night I checked in once again and was dismissed for the rest of the week. I never had to go to the courthouse — woo hoo!
The closet must be well on the way to being finished and all supplies off the first floor. Every weekend we get a little closer so I’m confident we’ll at least have all the lumber moved out of the first floor by El Cinco de Mayo, the day before we’re throwing a bridal shower.
Tomorrow is our oldest son’s birthday. I gave him the choice of my cooking at home, going to a restaurant, or ordering Chinese in. He chose Chinese at home. My favorite choice also.
Easter is the third Sunday of April this year. We attend a lot of services during Holy Week so we have no plans after church other than to have dinner out.
The week after Easter I have been called to jury duty. It seems to me I get this notice a lot and never seem to meet the criteria for opting out.
The weekend after Easter Charlie and I have tickets to see The Doo Wop Project. They’re a group of male singers who sing classic tight harmonies. Sounds like a fun evening.
Finally we’re getting the house ready for a bridal shower. The ladies of my choir are inviting all the women of the church to celebrate one of our own who is getting married early in June.
After that list it doesn’t seem like the closet will get finished.
Actually Charlie needs to print invoices. For some reason he has an aversion to hand-writing invoices.
If it meant getting paid or not, I would write them.
Charlie really only needs a computer for his invoices but he’s been using a desktop computer in his little office since at least 2000 and maybe longer.
The computer won’t get on the internet any more but that’s not the actual issue. He can use his phone for internet access. Charlie needs to print invoices for when he goes out to music gigs.
So I figured out a way to take his invoice templates off the old computer and onto one that’s slightly newer (only 10 years old) by transferring them to a thumb drive then downloading them onto the newer laptop.
Recently the printer, also a dinosaur, won’t print; it just goes clunk.
It doesn’t matter really because its cable is so archaic that there’s not a compatible port on the laptop.
Charlie and I are very busy at this time of year due to our music business. We have music to prepare for regular church services in addition to a special praise service, a Sunday-before-Christmas cantata, and a Christmas eve service. Let’s not forget that Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are actually on Sundays this year which also need music.
We’ve also been asked to have a Great American Songbook sing-along for a 91st birthday party. Charlie alone is well-booked for Christmas parties all through the month of December.
Happily I get a turkey for Thanksgiving and a ham at Christmas from work. This year our chef at work has offered to prepare my turkey. That sounds like heaven to me. I’ll only have to set the table and make a couple of side dishes.
I’m hoping to spend the entire Thanksgiving long weekend decorating the house. I’m thinking polar bears will have a place in in the holiday décor.
Our main purpose for going anywhere near Las Vegas was to see Celine Dion in concert.
Of the hundreds of shows in Vegas she is the only entertainer I would want to spend $198.50 times 2 for rear orchestra seats.
We parked in Caesar’s Palace’s Colosseum using their valet parking service which is free other than tipping the valet. Considering the number of people in the music venue in particular and Caesar’s Palace in general, the valet service was very fast.
Even though our belongings were searched upon entry to the theatre, we could keep our cell phones and point-and-shoot cameras. The only requests were no flashes and no video recordings.
The seats were excellent in that no one’s head was ever in my way and I could see every minute of the entire show. Even the woman in front of me rocking to the beat in her seat was not a distraction. I am glad, however, that I didn’t purchase the top level ticket because most of those people stood up the entire time and obstructed the view of the front orchestra.
Celine sang her hits, tribute songs to The BeeGees and Prince, and even some Great American Songbook standards. The music was a great mix of eras and genres all in the Celine Dion style.
Charlie and I had a great evening and then even a more interesting time at our AirBnB with a host who had never had guests before we arrived. One day I’ll write the whole strange story.
But sometimes actually entertaining at home is not possible.
In our area there is an abundance of free music and free films.
When I find something that really interests me I email a group of friends and tell them I’ll be there. I don’t judge the interest I just make the invitation; I facilitate.
I’m sure to add my cell number to the email with the instruction to text or call when they arrive at the venue, especially if it is a big venue like the parade grounds at our local Army base.
If it’s something I have done previously I add any details that might sway someone who is on the fence. For instance the U.S. Army Field Band is performing the 1812 Overture with real canons. I’ve heard it before and it’s fabulous. I reminded everyone to bring their own lawn chair.
I encourage you to do some research and contact your social circle for a fun and different and free event. Provide as much or as little as you like. Don’t for get the bug spray.