Ahoy, Tyche (pronounced Tie – key)

I have a sailboat. Her name is Tyche.

Tyche on her Trailer


So what’s Tyche? I mean, who’s Tyche?

Goddess Tyche


Tyche was the Greek Goddess of Fortune, Chance and the non-predictable. We’d call her Lady Luck. She was the personification of Hope, Luck and Wealth, a capricious dispenser of good and ill fortune.  She was portrayed holding a double-sided rudder that could steer men to good luck or bad. In archaic Greece Tyche was considered to be the daughter of the god Oceanus and ruled the religious beliefs of sailors who often had to rely on her. Tyche was, therefore, also revered as the savior of sailors from the dangers of the sea, thus the association with chance and luck.

So I thought it really a terrific name for a boat.

Tyche in her slip


This Tyche is a twenty-foot 1973 Ensenada sailboat. The Ensenada 20 is a great sailboat for day sailing and extended cruising in protected and larger waters.  She sleeps four.

Tyche Cabin Interior


This boat has sailed the Chesapeake Bay and her tributaries.  The beauty of the Ensenada is that although she has a 4-foot draft when the centerboard is down; pull it up and the draft is only 12 inches which allows cruising back river areas and places other boats can’t go.

Tyche ready for hauling


She’s a great gal, more like a goddess.  Tyche even comes with her own trailer.  It won’t be long until she’s ready to be turned over to a new owner.

Stacking Tables

If you are very observant you will have noticed in the dining room, under the table is another table!

Dining Room

The table is a 1956 vintage marble top coffee table which I inherited from my grandmother by way of my mother. It was the coffee table in my childhood home and I have used it in my house for the past thirty years or so. Charlie loves it. I wanted a change.

In addition to the coffee table are a pair of matching Weiman marble top end tables. (Imprint on the drawer bottom says “Weiman Tables, Heirloom Quality”, the number “845-A428” and indicates a set of “2”.)

I would characterize them as Federal Style, but they have been described to me as having an Italian influenced design. Carved Greek key design on foot of table. Tables measure 26” (back to front) X 20″ (side to side) x 26″ tall. Bronze color drawer pulls are original hardware. Shades of tan, brown and crème marble tops marked “Made in Italy.”

Marble Tops


The wood is a rich warm wood tone. These I’m selling.

The coffee table is under the dining room table for storage until I can find another place for it. I’ll probably keep it.

Tour the Ground Floor

Thought you might enjoy a hasty tour of the ground floor.  First off, The Glade is not very large.  There is a living room with a small fireplace, dining room, kitchen and powder room.

The kitchen is the empty room in the plan above which I wrote about here.  From the living room to the powder room are 2 steps up, a landing, and 2 steps down. The long steps go up to the second floor.

Kitchen viewed from Back Door

We enter the house through the back door which goes directly into the kitchen.  We don’t use the front door (into the living room) or the side door (into the dining room) except on very rare occasions. The kitchen – ah, the kitchen – could I hate a room as much as I do this little scullery? Here is the main reason for the renovation.

The dining room is directly off the living room and was an addition to the original house long before I lived here.  The dining room (music room) has an exterior door to a back porch, a double window at the rear and a single window centered on the wall opposite the door.  This room has a built in window seat details of which I’ll explain at a later date.

Dining Room

The front door opens into our living room which has a fireplace (called a “Heatolator” which, I think, means it has vents on the side which pour heat into the room) and 3 windows.The living room is difficult to arrange because there is minimal wall space so sofas are placed in front of windows and chairs try to stay out of the main traffic pattern.  In order to get upstairs we walk through the living room as it is the only way to get to the stairs.  (That is an item that the renovation will address.)

Living Room viewed from stairs

Finally the tiny powder room that we fondly call “Le Bibliotheque” is tucked back in the front corner of the house. Some people have actually passed this room thinking it truly is a library.  Quel drôle!  It has no window but does sport an exhaust fan.  The fixtures are original, however the sink has been refinished and a new fixture added.  The original fixture had two spigots, not very handy.

Door Sign

Thus ends the ground floor of The Glade.  Later in the week I’ll let you in on the upstairs but my son and his friend just showed up out of the blue, dead tired after a long drive from Florida so for now the bedrooms are occupied.

What I Need Part 1: The Kitchen

As you know, I moved to this house in 1997 at which time I stated I would not cook in the kitchen until it was remodeled. Well, you know that was just a load of hot air and I have cooked many meals and created many parties from my kitchen BUT . . .

Let’s take a short tour through my kitchen. When I moved in it looked like this except all the appliances (stove, dishwasher and fridge) were yellow. That thing above the stove is some kind of electric oven which I never used even once.

Original Kitchen

The design on the Formica countertop was stained, faded and worn.  The vinyl flooring was nailed down in places.

Then two years ago I needed the faucet replaced and my buddy who replaced it said, “You need a new countertop.” I told him I was eventually going to remodel and it would have to keep until then. He said, “If you’re not remodeling in the next six months you better get a new countertop because this one is falling apart and the sink will drop out of it.” Argh!

New Faucet

So, I got a new countertop. My boyfriend (now husband, let’s just call him Charlie) and I refinished the entirely wood cabinets. But the whole kitchen project never really got finished.

Cabinets Before
Cabinets After


Base Cabinets Refinished


I papered the room with kitcheny wallpaper.



Next, my former boyfriend, now husband  Charlie pulled up the old floor which was held down with millions thousands hundreds of screws. That’s right, SCREWS! In most cases the head broke off so now the shafts remain sticking out of the floor. Oh why, oh why can’t anything be easy??!!


So folks, I need a NEW KITCHEN. I earned it, I need it, I want it. And I’m pretty sure I’m gonna get it. (If you know what I mean.)

Decluttering for the first Architect’s visit

Welcome to the Premier Post of “Let’s Face the Music.”  Check out our “About” post to find out why we need an architect.

I have lived in this sweet house named “The Glade” since 1997. Charlie and I have been married about 18 months, thus two people combining their respective belongings into a house that was already fully furnished.

Then this past Mother’s Day my dear mother passed away and so another truckload of furniture, art, objets, and memories came in the door. While it’s been fun sifting through the things, it’s also difficult to get rid of stuff I’ve admired.

In addition to all our own possessions we have inherited from numerous sources old records and sheet music, probably because music is our diversion.

So to welcome our first architect two days from now we must, must, must clear up some of the clutter which we’ve lived with for so long it’s difficult to know just how to proceed.

Here are the two-day results.

Upstairs Hall

This is our music room which holds the piano, stereo, electric piano, and business files. The thing that appears to be a dining room table, Charlie uses as a work desk for booking gigs and sorting music. (Ignore the large box which was too heavy for me to lift.)

This is our computer room/financial office where current and very important files are kept. This is the warmest room in the house and a very cozy place to work.

So with The Glade now slightly more presentable than before, we can’t wait to welcome a visit from Architect #1.