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?
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
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:
Make a supply list.
Cut lumber according to plans.
Assemble in closet.
Attach to wall.
Add hanging poles, hooks, and bins.
Trim the closet door and window.
Install closet light.
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?
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 in 2017.
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
Doors in the conservatory.
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
Tear out closets Erect bookshelves
Shelves to be finished.
Paint walls 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.
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.
Choose outdoor lights/sconces
Choose blue stone or paving Make planters
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
Clear work bench
Organize garden items
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
The longest night is over for another year. Did you survive?
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?
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.
See the pyramids in Egypt
I’d like to visit Egypt. Inspire somebody to do something great
Own my house The Glade is my home and I own it. Write a book and have it published
Visit the Louvre in France I’ve seen the Mona Lisa. Ride in a hot air balloon
Take a ride in a gondola in Venice
Venice would be the start of a great adventure. Go on a cruise
Audition for a movie
Own a beach house
I’d love to live nearer the ocean. Invent something
Have a million dollars
Go whale watching
Buy a stranger a meal
Do something I know is reckless!
Fly in a helicopter
Read the Bible
I will finish this in May of this year. Save somebody’s life
Fly 1st class
Make and sell a product
See the Southern Cross in person
The Southern Cross.
See the Northern Lights
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?
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
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?