Charlie Needs Invoices

Actually Charlie needs to print invoices. For some reason he has an aversion to hand-writing invoices.

Our invoices are simple.

If it meant getting paid or not, I would write them.

This computer is so dusty it’s an allergy attack waiting to happen.

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 tower still sits on the floor.

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.

Charlie will now work on a laptop.

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.

The old clunking printer

Recently the printer, also a dinosaur, won’t print; it just goes clunk.

New computers don’t hook up this way.

It doesn’t matter really because its cable is so archaic that there’s not a compatible port on the laptop.

The HP Envy is being delivered Friday.

So now we’re left with buying a new printer.

We bought a new mouse, too.

Yea! The cheaper solution.

Are you tech savvy or do you need a guru?

A Quick Tour through the First Floor

I haven’t taken any up-to-date photos for a while.

The kitchen was set up with most of the party food except the cakes.

We straightened the first floor for the surprise birthday party last Friday night.

The island was set up with a salad bar. Most popular items: avocado and chopped eggs.

Thirty people attended.

The late afternoon sun reflects off the island granite.
The conservatory is a favorite space.

The next day was beautifully bright so I photographed the entire space.

The floor plan might make the layout more understandable.
The dining room can be seen from the conservatory.
I must finish the covers for the cushions on the window seat.
The dining room flows through to the living room.
We flipped the Bergere chairs to face the fireplace on a cold day.
Dining Room

We still have tweaks to make but the downstairs is very livable.

Do you keep fresh flowers in the house on a regular basis?

The Next 4 Weeks

We have 4 weeks until Easter week activities consume both our evening and weekend activities.

The master closet is ready for fitting out.

Since it seems to be too early in the season to count on working on projects outside I’m going to get busy on our master closet.

We won’t need quite this much.

First item of business is to calculate how much lumber the project will take and have it delivered to the house.

We’ll stash the plywood behind the loveseat in the conservatory which should encourage us to git-‘er-dun.

My preliminary estimate is 10 sheets of plywood so we’ll need a spot inside to store the lumber.

We’ve cut other projects outside.

Then we’ll need to cut the lumber (outside) and bring it back into the closet space to assemble it. Our plan is to use pocket screws to hold everything together.

The shelves in the conservatory bathroom were built with pocket screws.

I was all jazzed about getting started right after we finished the shelves in the conservatory bathroom.  Now I’m doubting our ability to pull this off.

The new plan is more complex than this simple preliminary layout.

My project list:

  1. Make a supply list.
  2. Order supplies.
  3. Cut lumber according to plans.
  4. Assemble in closet.
  5. Paint structures.
  6. Attach to wall.
  7. Add hanging poles, hooks, and bins.
  8. Trim the closet door and window.
  9. Install closet light.
  10. Sort clothes and hang them in closet.

I’ve been waiting a long time for a proper closet.  I hope we can pull it together in 4 weeks.

Would you paint the lumber before or after it’s put together?

House To-Do List – 2017

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.  Lots done in the ensuing year.

The living room in 2017.

Living Room

Living room in 2017.
Dining room

Dining Room

Dining room
  • Clean paneling
  • Paint paneling

    The paneling on the back and side walls still needs another coat of paint.
    The paneling on the back and side walls still needs another coat of paint.
  • Paper top of walls
  • Clean floors
  • Paint chairs
  • Get a rug
  • Finish cushions

    The cushions are in place on the window seat but still unfinished.
    The cushions are in place on the window seat but still unfinished.
  • Move piano
  • Paint trim
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula

Kitchen

The kitchen
The kitchen
Coffee bar in the kitchen

Pantry

  • Add shelves
  • Add counter

    Counter in the pantry
    Counter in the pantry
  • Add cabinets
  • Paint wall and ceiling
  • Hang lighting fixture
  • Organize pantry food and tools
A new floor was installed last year in the conservatory.

Conservatory

The floor has made a big difference.
  • Paint floor or lay flooring
  • Lay rug
  • Hang drywall
  • Mud walls
  • Paint walls
  • Move furniture
    • Love seats
    • Bistro set
    • Oak dresser
  • Get TV
  • Move file safe into closet
  • Drywall window
  • Mud closet
  • Paint closet
  • Get doors for closet and bathroom
    Doors in the conservatory.


    Conservatory bathroom

Conservatory bathroom is tiled.
Conservatory bathroom is tiled.
Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.
  • Choose tile
    ConservatoryBathroomTile
    Conservatory floor tile — white on white basketweave.

    Bookshelves in the bathroom
  • Choose fixtures
  • Choose sink 
    Ikea sink and faucet in the conservatory bathroom.
    Ikea sink and faucet in the conservatory bathroom.

    Conservatory vanity
  • Get shower installed

    The shower is installed.
    The shower is installed.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.

Powder room

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Add paneling at bottom of wall
  • Paper top of wall

    Anthropologie wallpaper would lighten the space.
    Anthropologie wallpaper would lighten the space.
  • Paint lighting fixtures
  • Rehang towel bar
  • Fix hole in wall
The stairs and landing to the powder room.
The stairs and landing to the powder room.

Stairs

Upstairs hall
Upstairs hall

Hallway

  • Repair wall where door was removed
  • Paint wall
  • Hang gallery

    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.

Laundry Room

La buanderie means either laundry room or utility room in a house

  • Finish floor
  • 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
Master bathroom.
Master bathroom.

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Master bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master bedroom
  • Tear out closets
  • Erect bookshelves

    Shelves to be finished.
  • Patch holes
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls

    Blue master bedroom
    Blue master bedroom
  • Paint trim
  • Lay rug
  • Make bed rustic
  • Refinish tall dresser
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.
The master bedroom French doors lead to a private deck.
The master bedroom French doors lead to a private deck.

Master Deck

  • Rug
  • Paint vintage garden furniture

    The furniture is painted and in place on the master deck.
    The furniture is painted and in place on the master deck.
  • Have railing built
  • Have deck surface finished
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

Diva Room

  • Paint trim
  • Add shutters or curtains
  • Clear out boxes
  • Refit closet after ductwork
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.

Treetops Room

  • Clear out boxes
  • Wash windows
  • Move large painting to living room
  • Reorient bed
  • Paint lamp and refinish shade
  • Paint door
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.

Front entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose blue stone or paving
  • Make planters
  • Add landscaping
  • Paint door
  • Door mat
The westside porch.
The westside porch.

Side entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose bluestone or paving
  • Make planter for front edge
  • Make wood box
  • Bench or chair
  • Door mat
The back stairs to the conservatory.
The back stairs to the conservatory.

Back entrance

The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.

Garden

  • Make a plan for foundation plants
  • Plant grass
The shed is both charming and useful.
The shed is both charming and useful.

Wee Little House

  • Organize tools
  • Paint shutters
  • Clear work bench
  • Organize garden items
The Cottage has come in handy for guests and as a temporary home for our son's friends.
The Cottage has a permanent tenant.

Glade Cottage

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
  • Vacuum well
  • Dust and wipe clean
  • Rent

Exterior

  • Paint shingles
  • Paint and install shutters
  • Paint trim
  • Hang gutters and downspouts
    New downspouts accentuate the corners of the house.
    New downspouts accentuate the corners of the house.

    We’ll be adding and crossing off as time progresses.

The longest night is over for another year. Did you survive?

Decorating with Yellow Spring Flowers

I was going to buy flowers for this week’s party.

Some of these forsythia branches are over 4-feet long.
Forsythia makes a grand statement on the mantel.

But I am fortunate that both our daffodils and forsythia are in bloom.

Most of the daffodils were closed when I brought them into the house.

I brought the daffodils inside a few days in advance hoping they would bloom by Friday.

I’ve love grand-scale arrangements especially when they’re free. (The red car ties into our party theme.)
The daffodils blossomed.

They didn’t disappoint.

Do you turn your clocks ahead tonight in your part of the world?

Bucket List

When I recently read Jessica’s Bucket List I realized I hadn’t looked at mine for a long time. First I’d like to wish Charlie a very happy birthday today. See you tonight at the party.

I’ve had buckets in my life.

Having just had a birthday myself I decided it was a good time to monitor what I wanted accomplish during my life.

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

    I’d like to visit Egypt.
  2. Inspire somebody to do something great
  3. Own my house 

    The Glade is my home and I own it.
  4. Write a book and have it published
  5. Visit the Louvre in France 

    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
  9. Audition for a movie
  10. Own a beach house

    I’d love to live nearer the ocean.
  11. Invent something
  12. Have a million dollars
  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 will finish this in May of this year.
  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
  24. See the Northern Lights
  25. Visit New Orleans

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.

There’s a big world to see out there.

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

Number 1 on your bucket list? Accomplished or on deck?

Poppy Seed Dressing

I am having a salad bar of sorts for our party on Friday night so I was trying to decide what I should do for salad dressing.

The chef told me to use Colman’s mustard but I couldn’t find it at my local grocery store.

Our chef at work always makes fresh dressing and my favorite is poppy seed.

On Cooking is a textbook for chefs.

He uses a recipe from a culinary text book entitled On Cooking.

Honey, vinegar, and olive oil figure big in this dressing.

The ingredients are:

  • 8 fl oz cider vinegar (I used a mixture of cider vinegar and balsamic.  Red wine vinegar makes a pretty pink dressing.)
  • 6 fl oz honey
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp celery leaves, minced

    Minced celery leaves.
  • 1 green onion, white only, minced
  • 8 fl oz vegetable oil
  • 1.5 Tbsp poppy seeds
Honey (sinks to the bottom) and vinegar.

The directions are simple mix everything except the oil and poppy seeds together.

I pour the oil through the hole in the top of the blender.

Beat in the oil by droplets then a thin stream.  I do the mixing in a blender for a creamier texture.

This recipe yields approximately 20 fluid ounces.  Plenty for a party.

Do you have a favorite salad dressing?