Chore List: 10/17

Living Room:

  • Spackle wall board prep completed for everything but the hall.
  • Primer, 2nd coat: (as needed) 
  • Caulk/chinking: (as needed) hall only, as needed
  • Trim pieces cut, installed:  against trim piece kitchen wall (future). Window trim, door trim (future)
  • Final Paint: hall walls (closet, bath, pantry, office), entry,  and front door trim and other trim as needed: pantry, office 1 (half done), bath 1, closet, front door, window 1, window 2.
  • Cull/clean: get fabric to Jeannie’s for reupholstery. Window replacement on north side.
  • (long term) Replace window interior trim and mod other trim to match front door (and get rid of those extra ledges!!!). Replace or modify baseboards for same reason. Sand, paint, and caulk floor, baseboards and window trim. (We think we’ve found what we’ll paint caulk the floor with, next year!)  Move kitchen door? The trim on the two “new” windows  is getting changed. So, in the living room, this will leave only the big window to be done. Hurrah!
  • Look at the room re “roller coaster” idea, Fix? Move green cabinet to hallway? (Doesn’t fit.) Move mirrors to interior stair wall? Get DH involved with this.

Paint (final):Complete: kitchen corner to hearth to street window (oak wall), kitchen wall, street wall, interior and room side stair walls, bookcase wall. Unfinished:hall walls.The trim needs to be painted with the “enamel” paint we bought for that purpose.

Furniture is being replaced without a plan. Stairstep bookcase is in place, 2 bookseller boxes (had been used to ship books to Harvard or MIT I don’t remember which) became new bases for both sides of this case. Those boxes are about 1/2″ deeper than the other bookcase boxes (originally built for a doctor’s private library I was told when I bought them years ago). Anyway, there’s 7 bookcase boxes on the stairstep bookcase now. Books in almost all the boxes. The bookseller boxes freed up one of the other bookcase boxes. It will probably be used in the kitchen.   Stairstep bookcase got dismantled. The cabinet got moved, twice. The boxes which were used in the stairstep bookcase will be used, elsewhere in the living room. I really, really like the way this is turning out!!! Make new “toekick” for bookcase boxes so they’re stable. Remove books, bookcase boxes so toekick can be made. Replace boxes and books — Done! Need to buy materials for DH to make the stand which will fix the bookcase problem. Take adding machine to antique store for sale. Move   typewriter/stand to its new home (wherever that is). Set up piece with windows to its new home as well. After couch is moved, decide about coffee tables. Sell table not being used.

Replace remaining switch/socket covers.

Get the flooring material put away or used 3 2 Got it staged to the edge of the living room “island” of stuff so that it can be moved up the stairs at some point, soon I hope!

to do list 1

Replace the windows bracketing the wood stove.  Replace exterior and interior trim. Remove blind mounts. Take old window bits to dump. First 3 pieces gone! 5 more gone! Clean blinds.  The blinds have to be replaced before they can be cleaned. (Waiting on the “carpenter” to do new mounting trim.) Exterior windows are finished, except trim.

(future): Refind replacement ladders for blinds. (Here: Buy material, shorten the blinds. (Buy a miniblind at some thrift shop to play with to learn how to do this before buying ladders.)

Put the furniture which is staying back. Bring down the couch and the round coffee table and set it up. Maybe? Bring in Daddy’s rug  — or get rid of it? Replace wood box. Find new home for other wood stove stuff, including the paper bin. Find table for between the chairs. Put the table between the chairs. Put the chairs back. Put the basket end tables back. Locate 2nd small black bookcase. Figure out couch/couch table idea.

Entry: Replace coat rack, shelf and 2nd small black bookcase.

Hall: Replace smoke detector (future). Add corner detail on doors (future). Take folding bookcase taken to antique store to sell.

Pantry: Get trim primed (2 1 piece remaining) paint walls add trim as needed and paint.

Kitchen: (Cull/clean) Get the 2nd Hoosier into the kitchen.  Dismantle the f’n 30 square foot counter and redo it to something saner!!! (long term) Pull the windows and window, finish new window bits. Finish the sink window trim. Final paint the sidelight going up in the wall (future). Build the new wall where the windows were. (First piece complete!) Get the fridge guy to come and either fix the fridge or declare it dead.Brought in new drawer unit. Used another which had been stashed under a table. The candles and placemats & napkins now have a home — out of sight, so neater. Hurrah! The candle holders are being moved to the attic in the drawers they’d been in. Put napkins and other placemats away in their new home. Take down crib rail they used to hang on? Reuse the hanging baskets?

Build new wall/shelf unit in kitchen “hole” created by the window removal. Make a small shelf or other way to hang or lean the zinc windows on the kitchen side of the new kitchen window.Find the zinc windows. New wall built. New wall trimmed out. Zinc windows in place.

Laundry: (Cull/clean)  (longterm) Get the switch thing set up so you don’t have to pull the dryer out anymore!

Bathroom: (Cull/Clean) corners, window,  clear out. Replace caulk as needed. Repaint room. Replace trim to match the living room and rest of the house. If gallon is the enamel paint and not the flat, paint bathroom?

Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) get couch downstairs. When reupholstered chair returns, put it here, not living room. Get tapestry on stretchers. Figure out quilt rehab.

Attic: Get the remaining  base cabinet in there (or elsewhere). Get the bookcases from office 1 into the attic. Get doors on the cabinet. Decide what from attic to sell: wrought iron tables, wallpaper lamp, other hanging lamps, plate rack, etc. and sell them. More work on the attic: 10/4, 10/20 (did work on it in between 10/4-10/20, but forgot to note it) books & trash removed. The glass candlesticks, the icecream maker and a few other odds & ends were put away. The cross-country skis were pulled to go to the booth.

Office 1: . Get the counter cleaned. Remove everything from the bookcases and get the cases moved into the attic.  Bring in the dresser currently in the wood shed. Stack on top of it (same size, and small) the 2nd dresser, currently in the storage.

Office 2: Sell/cull items awaiting that. (long term) Move the office function downstairs.

Dining Room:  Take down candlabra, sell. Paint china cabinet and relocate the 2 Hoosiers.

Storage: Remove the 2nd Hoosier for the kitchen.Get at least 5 boxes out and deal with the stuff in them. Move to 10 x 20 unit. Get the 2nd dresser to the house

Garden: Continue, finish and keep up the weeding, so that the weeds don’t take over the yard and next year’s vegetable garden is a disaster accordingly! 9/11 was last time this was noted, but I’ve worked on it sporatically since.

Get the windows done. SR door panel 27.5 x 64,

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 44 9/11 43 10/11 “Tally” page information (tab, this blog) moved to history 9/17.

Rugs: Almost nothing done — removed completed piece from prototype as I found all the yarn and measured how much I have — no enough to finish the piece as it had been set up. The canvas is prepped, but that’s it at the moment. Found an error I’d made when I’d originally set up the canvas, am working on fixing that. Started work on the black and white rug. Testing materials, concept. Tested two types of thread (of 3 purchased), determined how I’ll continue. The rug’s materials were bought (except the thread) years ago to be used in a fabric covered rope rug, which didn’t work. Being me, the materials were never discarded. Now? I’m determined to use them, in a new rug. New idea, seems to work. Doing “sketches,” so to speak before I try and tackle the big project. Concept has been proven! The “yarn” I used was jute bead stringing thread, insanely expensive. However, the method has been found, and the look is something I like. So, now a quest to find similar string or thread, in quantity at a reasonable cost. Yay! Working on a way to neaten the piece, the book I have which discusses a similar idea isn’t making a round rug, but rectangular, different starting point, in many ways much easier.

Blue plaid rug, only concept has been considered. No actual design or work has been done. If I use the same method as the other rug, I have a LOT of string I can use. Cones of it! Hmm….


  • Memoir retype effort: 62.5% complete (I’m amused that I seem to do this in 3% chunks. I’m not counting or anything, it’s just that the sections are short, and it’s difficult emotionally, especially the first 3rd, so I’ve been doing it until I felt like quitting, then I let myself stop.)
  • 3 stories into novel:  Worked a little on one of the stories, call it 07% 9/20
  • kitchen book: nothing new
  • possible future editing jobs: no good news


Other Organization:

  • All-In-One Organizer: monthly calendar page master design, clean up, print
  • Binder ordered
  • Stamp images put together and then label or page made.
  • Books out: 3
  • Canister labels designed. Most supplies procured. Still to do: print labels and use! There are various technical issues which need to be resolved:
    • My wordprocessor doesn’t have the right label template.
    • Avery doesn’t let you do a merge for their online template designer, etc.
    • The magnets I ordered are too big. They’ll be used on the fridge, but I need to order the right ones.
    • The simple answer would be to cover the labels with scrapbooking or other paper and print some clear labels to go over them. I may do that, or may not. My last step was always going to be putting clear shelf liner over the label to make it waterproof.

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