I received a small original watercolor as a gift.
I’m walking from the pool house toward the main house where my office is.
I was given a painting of the grounds of the house where I work featuring me walking into the picture.
The painting might look nice on the wallpaper above the piano.
We decided to hang the picture in the dining room over the piano.
Peel back the paper.
I eyeballed the middle of the wall and then cut a small v-shaped flap in the wallpaper.
The space is a little tricky due to the header notching the wall at the top.
Then I nailed in a picture hanging hook and hung the picture on it.
The dining room is bright in daylight.
The colors in the picture complement the denim wallpaper and brighten the space.
Do you have a compact system for listening to music?
I’m trying to rest in the afternoon so I can make it to midnight.
Candles and fire light.
Unfortunately that is a very unlikely scenario. However, Charlie has set up the fireplace so we can have a cozy fire all evening.
We’ll hear the fireworks going off at the harbor in nearby Baltimore.
Wherever you are, what ever you’re up to . . .
We’re cozy and happy at The Glade.
Bye, bye 2017.
We’re looking forward to a New and Better Year.
What one simplification are you hoping for?
When we put the bare Christmas
tree out in the yard to attract birds we needed some edible ornaments.
Birdseed and a large jar of peanut butter are around $10.
I made a quick trip to Wal-Mart to purchase peanut butter and bird seed.
Dried pine cones are open so we dried some of the newly gathered ones in the oven.
I had some pine cones (left over from other projects) onto which we tied some wire for hanging. Sug spread peanut butter on the cones.
We put the birdseen on a tray on paper to keep it contained.
We simply rolled the cones in a plate of bird seed and voila — bird snacks.
Pine cones covered in peanutbutter and bird seed.
We made a dozen but have plenty of supplies to replenish the tree if it is popular with birds.
Charlie wired the ornaments onto the tree.
We hung the cones on the balsam fir and added a bird seed bell a the top.
Charlie is admiring the bird tree. We’re still waiting for the birds.
We dug a hole in the bottom of a pre-made birdseed bell and fitted it onto the top of the tree. Hoping for some hungry visitors soon.
We can see the tree from all the rooms at the back of the house.
We added a laser light for a little night interest.
When do you take your holiday decorations down?
January, 2018. Finally. December was a really long and trying month. I won’t write a separate post bout December’s progress because basically everything proposed in
this post was accomplished.
Now I’m planning my first month of the new year. It promises to be different.
The main exertion of January is to pull together all files and financials from the previous year.
I use a Net Worth template similar to this which I keep current monthly.
That’s my exertion at work and at home. Everything must be accomplished by the end of the month — payroll forms, business tax reconciliations, general ledger spreadsheets.
I’m going to outline our thesis for studying Latin music. Charlie and I have the opportunity to research music for a week firsthand on an island in the Caribbean.
We also expect to learn how music fits into the life of the country.
We’re really excited to add salsa, mambo, and cha cha cha to our repertoire and to learn the origins and modern players.
We will also be brushing up on our Spanish this month.
Feast of the Epiphany party on January 6.
Invitations have been sent.
Listening to lots of musica latina (Latin music).
Hoping to have enough music under our belt to take some lessons — Charlie on keys. I plan to learn some vocals.
Medical tests for my doctor who is determined to keep my chart up-to-date. That’s why I rarely visit him. He seems to think I’m getting older.
I plan to return to the gym early in the month. I am now pneumonia-free and have regained much of my energy. I need to be ready to do a lot of walking early in February.
I had advanced to level 12 before my December decline.
I haven’t been able to get anything done to improve our home since we painted our bed.
The new finish is charcoal grey with a darker drybrush finish.
That was back in October.
The Christmas tree takes up a big space in the living room.
Charlie texted me at work to inquire if I’d like him to take the Christmas tree down. Oh, yes!
He carefully removed all the ornaments and lights including da beahs.
The tree look nice in the garden which is barren in this season.
I suggested he stand the tree up in the yard to which he responded, “Are you serious?”
Hoping we will attract some birds which we can watch from the kitchen.
I am definitely serious because I thought we could make a bird feeder tree. When I sent him inspiration from
here Charlie set up the tree in his garden.
I have some dried pine cones left over from the advent wreath project.
Hoping to have time this weekend to make a few edible ornaments.
Do you have bird feeders?
I used to organize the house
to-do list in one long list that I added to as I thought of something new. Here’s the updated room by room view at the end of 2015. I’m cleaning up this list with hope of retiring it very soon. At the beginning of 2017 here’s what it looked like.
New bench, new rug, same furniture.
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula
Coffee bar in the kitchen
Counter in the pantry
Paint wall and ceiling
Hang lighting fixture
Organize pantry food and tools
A new floor was installed last year in the conservatory.
The floor has made a big difference.
Paint floor or lay flooring
Move file safe into closet
Get doors for closet and bathroom
Conservatory bathroom is tiled.
Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.
The stairs and landing to the powder room.
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 hanging pole to closet Add baseboard trim
Add chair rail trim
Paint and install inside shutters
Paint and install old kitchen cabinet above dryer
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.
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
Refit closet after ductwork
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.
Clear out boxes
Move large painting to living room
Paint lamp and refinish shade Paint door
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.
The westside porch.
Choose outdoor lights/sconces
Choose bluestone or paving Make planter for front edge
Make wood box
Bench or chair
The back stairs to the conservatory.
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.
Make a plan for foundation plants
The shed is both charming and useful.
Wee Little House
The Cottage has a permanent tenant.
Glade Cottage in Spring
Clear up unfinished projects
Move paint to house
New water heater
Install kitchen sink Cottage kitchen
Move tools to shed
Move and repair drafting table
Clean up old lumber and flooring
Dust and wipe clean
Do you have plans for next year?
We’re having a
party on January 6th celebrating the arrival of 3 kings to the Christ child.
We’re planning to chalk our front door.
One tradition often observed on this day is the
chalking of the door. The front door of the house is marked with chalk either on the door or over the door with the year and three initials in this format: 20+C+M+B+18.
A simple party favor.
The letters above the door stand for the initials of the Magi – Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar, and also stands for
C hristus M ansionem B enedicat, Latin for “May Christ bless this house.”
I printed 10 tags to a sheet on yellow card stock.
I made tags with the Publisher program — 10 to a sheet — printed back and front. The tags tell the meaning of the initials on the door and have a blessing on the reverse to recite while marking the door.
The chalk can be any color — I chose white.
I purchased some simple white chalk — 16 pieces for 99 cents — and tied on the tags with black and white string.
A simple blessing covers both the structure and every person who lives within or visits.
I hope to have a few left over to give to some special friends who are unable to attend the party.
Do you have any special rituals that you follow at your home?