We’re planning an
Open House party on New Year’s Day.
I could have focused on sleigh bells.
I’d been working on an invitation and was stumped until I saw the phrase “oh what fun”.
I used “Publisher” to add text to this picture.
Those words led me to thinking about the the song “Jingle Bells”:
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.
Our contact invitation will be written in the trees.
I searched for a picture of a said one-horse open sleigh and was successful.
The Glade is perfectly suited to having large parties with great food.
I’ve printed a few of the invitations but my plan is to text and email most people. Printed invitations only go to folks for whom I have no contact information.
Are you partying this holiday season?
A couple years ago I started making a 2 pairs of
curtains for the living room.
Ikea linen curtains are hanging in the living room.
Since then I have hung some
linen curtains in there that I really like.
The living room curtains just need hand finishing.
I still wanted to finish the curtains I started which are already sewn and lined. They only need some hand sewing to finish the pleats at the top and hems at the bottom.
There is not a privacy issue with the doors so I haven’t put shades or curtains on them.
As I was sitting in bed looking out the French doors of the master bedroom I wondered if these curtains would look good in the bedroom.
The window in the bedroom is one of the old sash-style with an exterior storm window.
The curtains are heavy and would help with drafts coming in the old window.
I asked Sug to hold up a curtain panel so I could see if it would go in the bedroom.
Finishing and hanging these curtains would kill two birds with one stone on
my 101 in 1001: #73 Make curtains for the master bedroom and #91 Finish living room curtains.
I’ll measure for curtain rods and check if I have enough curtain rings to finish the project.
I will order curtain rods this week.
How do you decide on colors and curtains?
Today Charlie was intent on getting a Christmas tree.
The trees were tagged with different color ribbons denoting size range.
Happily there is a new Christmas tree lot about 1.5 miles down the hill.
Charlie inspected all sides of the tree to make sure it was full all around.
We looked all around at the Fraser firs, white pines, and Douglas firs. Charlie always likes the biggest tree he can find. I am the voice of reason.
Santa wanted to know if Charlie has been naughty or nice.
While we were at the tree lot Charlie was able to get a message to Santa about gifts he was looking forward to receiving.
An electric chain saw makes quick work of a cut to the trunk.
When we got back to selecting a tree we finally chose a Douglas fir which has soft short needles. The lot manager cut off some bottom limbs and fresh cut the bottom of the trunk.
The lot manager helped Charlie tie the tree to the top of his car.
The tree was then wrapped in mesh to hold it together for the short ride home on top of Charlie’s car.
Our Douglas fir Christmas tree for 2018.
We’ll keep the tree in a bucket of water on the porch for a few days until we have time to set it up properly in the living room.
Is your tree already up? Are you planning for a different holiday?
I used to organize the house
to-do list in one long list that I added to as I thought of something new. I cleaned up this list just after I posted this at the end of 2017. Over the years we have made a lot of progress which sometimes seems very slow-going.
New bench, new rug, same furniture.
Paint paneling Finish cushions
Coffee bar in the kitchen
Kitchen in action
The rustic vanity.
Install window trim
The powder room has been totally redecorated.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.
La buanderie means either laundry room or utility room in a house
Hang closet door
Add baseboard trim
Add chair rail trim
Paint and install inside shutters
Paint and install old kitchen cabinet above dryer
Shelves to be finished. Paint trim
Refinish tall dresser
The master bedroom French doors lead to a private deck.
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room
Add shutters or curtains
Clear out boxes
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.
Clear out boxes
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.
The westside porch.
Choose bluestone or paving Make planter for front edge
Make wood box
Bench or chair
The back stairs to the conservatory.
Lay stepping stones or temporary deck
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.
Make a plan for foundation plants Plant grass
Wee Little House
The shed is both charming and useful.
The Cottage has a permanent tenant.
Glade Cottage in Spring
Interior of The Cottage
The Cottage kitchen
The before and after of the shutter installation.
Do you have plans for next year?
Usually a Réveillon (which means “eve”) is a dinner held late on Christmas Eve. I’m planning a simple dinner that evening for 5 or 6 people a little earlier than a traditional Réveillon.
We should have a Christmas tree up and decorated by December 24th.
Charlie, Sug, and I are involved with the music at a 7 p.m. service and will probably also attend an 11 p.m. candlelight service. We’ll need some nourishment in between so I’ve asked my son and his wife to come for a meal and gift exchange around 8:30.
The dining room table looks fairly bare until we load it up with bowls and plates of food.
My proposed menu is:
Everything can be prepared in advance and heated up quickly. And who doesn’t like comfort food?
What’s your favorite quick dinner?
Number 7 of my
101 in 1001 is to get rid of 50 books.
There are some very good books in this pile.
I was planning to give away a pile of children’s books.
The book pile is finally diminished.
Recently I answered an ad on NextDoor.com from a pediatric doctor at Johns Hopkins requesting children’s books in good condition. They are getting at least 50 books.
We brought in the Greek olive tree first because it was the smallest and the closest.
We also brought the
olive trees in the house during the cold weather.
Three trees are lined up behind a loveseat in the conservatory.
They have grown significantly since we bought them in 2013 and are much more difficult to move.
What are you discarding? Or growing?
Sug and I made our
Advent wreaths today.
Boxwood in the foreground and mixed greens behind.
Yesterday we gathered a
variety of evergreens.
Metal wreath frame.
Today we wired select sprigs to a wire wreath form. (My tutorial is
This year’s wreath has an airy spread with pine branches intertwined with fir and boxwood and rosemary.
I’ll be keeping this on our dining room table. We won’t begin lighting the candles until next week.
Fir branches in matching baskets on the ledge between the kitchen and dining room.
We had enough extra greens to put in baskets and vases throughout the house.
Do you enjoy the smell of fresh greens?