List, 2018: October Progress

The question is: Did anything get done in October? I had very specific plans.

Exertion

Charlie brought down 5 boxes of books, mostly children’s books, from the attic. My goal to donate at least 50 to a rummage sale was not accomplished.

There are some very good books in this pile.

The only thing I did was to salvage my baby book from the pile.  How pathetic!  I must simply box them and deliver them.

I planned to stain the interior doors that have not yet been stained. This just never happened. Again — pathetic!!

I forgot about the door above the the mudroom doors. It will get stained, too.

Finally the door to the entrance of the laundry did not get hung.

The door will block this view.

Consequently I did not make any progress on my 101 in 1001 list.

Entertainment

Entertainment is the area where I did have a lot of success.

Charlie and I have went to see the newest remake of A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

Loved Gaga in this film.

I thought the film and the music were very good. Bradley Cooper played his part well and can actually sing also.

Charlie and I saw Les Mis in London.

Sug and I went to going to see a touring company production Les Miserables. This production was not as good as the other two I had seen.  The turntable on the stage had been omitted and I felt it hurt the performance.

Then Charlie and I went headed to the Baltimore Symphony to see hear Tony DeSare playing the piano and singing.

Tony Desare

He was loads of fun and could really, really play the piano. So much fun.

Entertaining

We did host a costume party in October.

Part of the travel-themed mantel.

The invitation suggested guests come in an international costume.

Charlie wore his Chinese shirt made famous on my Chinese Charlie Chest

There were lots of ladies in kimonos.

Exterior Outsourcing

The three of us have joined a choir for Christmas comprised of members from a number of churches in our area.

We’ll sing our hearts out.

We have been rehearsing and listening to our audio files so we’ll be ready for our performance early in December.

Extreme Terminus

Finally the most successful task was Sug’s trip to Guatemala where she painted classrooms and built a swingset.

The construction of the swingset was finished in the rain.

Sug is planning to spend more and more time in Guatemala working to improve the mission school near Antigua.

While we didn’t actually get a lot of projects completed last month we did have loads of fun.  So much fun in fact that I’m making a master calendar so we can plan some more get-togethers.

Do you prefer intimate gatherings or large ones?

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Gone But Not Really

We have a “sound system” that is quite archaic but it has a turntable and I have records.

The speakers are especially heavy and difficult to disguise.
The speakers are especially heavy and difficult to disguise.

We have been using it between the living room and the dining room near the piano but the sheer bulk of it always makes the area look messy.

The components rest atop the speakers which foils any stereophonic effects.
The components rest atop the speakers which foils any stereophonic effects.

Since I have been wanting to listen to some records ever since we returned from England (my double set of Les Miserables which we saw in London) I decided to bring the old albatross to the master bedroom bookshelves.  I’ll hook it up when I want a little aggravation.

Much neater.

In the meantime the area near the piano looks much better.

Do you have a modern wireless system?

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?

Mid-April

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?

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.

Exertion

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.

Execution

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.

Entertaining

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.

Entertainment

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.

Exercise

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.

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.

Exertion

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.

Execution

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.

Entertaining

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.

Entertainment

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.

Exercise

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?

List, 2018: March Plans

I received a notice from WordPress today congratulating me on 7 years of blogging. I’m going to try to keep it going until our projects are finished. March is  an unpredictable month — sometimes it’s cold and dreary and other times it’s warm and sunny. This March has come in like a lion with gale force winds.

Exertion

We’re still working on the pink bathroom and thus far have replaced the broken tiles.

Many steps took us to this finished wall.
The ceiling is painted white and the old wallpaper has been removed.

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

Execution

After the bathroom is underway I’m heading to the back bedroom where we’ve been storing all sorts of papers and projects.

The treetops Bedroom is sunny in the morning.

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

Entertaining

On the 17th of the month I’m hosting a tea for my Thursday night Bible study.

These corned beef tea sandwiches look like something we should try.

As usual Sug will be my right-hand helper and Charlie will serve and entertain us with an Irish sing-along.

Entertainment

Both Charlie and Sug have birthdays in March one day apart. I have to think of something special for us to do besides cleaning up and working on the house.

Wait until I tell you the name I have planned.

On the 10th we’re supposed to go on a short road trip to see my new puppy who will be one month old. I can’t actually take him home until he is two months old but I’m excited to take a look at him in person.

Exterior Outsourcing 

Last month Sug’s carpenter came to the house to do some work for us.  He repaired a wall and started to install the round window trim. He did not finish either job so he must return.

One of two round windows was trimmed last month. The job is ongoing.

We have a really big job for him to do out on our upper deck. Sug also has a deck job for him. Hope he’s not too busy to help us.

Exercise

I wish I could make some progress in this area.

Can you believe it’s already March?