I knew that it was happening. We had picked the cabinets and appliances, the tile and the paint colors, the faucets and the light fixtures. We had cleared out all the cabinets and laid in a supply of frozen dinners, and I had the date circled on my calendar. But even with all that, there is nothing that could have prepared me for leaving for work one morning with an intact kitchen, and coming home that night to…nothing.
Nothing but walls and floors and a few forlorn looking wires and a highly confused hound dog. And so away we go!
After I took some deep calming breaths and then had a look around, one of the things that struck me was how NEAT everything was. My contractor obviously looked at the sign over my desk and took it extremely seriously. I love this about him.
One thing that we were all not totally prepared for was the lack of any flooring under the island. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what the original house builder had in mind. Wouldn’t it have been easier to just lay the flooring and put the island on top of it rather than cutting out all around it?
And of course, our particular flooring is Hard To Find. Welcome to hiccup #1 as my intrepid contractor hunts some down. I have complete faith. The dog is still pondering.
One thing that I was glad to see was this…
It gives me hope that one day, yes, there will be a fridge and a dishwasher in those places. For right now my dishwasher is lurking by the family room, and the fridge is hanging out in the breakfast room along with everything else we’ve assembled to see us through the next few weeks.
Paper plates. Electric teakettle. WINE.
In the midst of my kitchen-in-waiting and my breakfast room triage area, my little kitchen desk sits virtually untouched…a little oasis of normal. Kind of. Our life now kind of feels like a mixture of camping and a power outage, until you walk into the other room and everything is totally regular.
Some members of the family are taking things completely in stride, though. As long as their food dish stays intact, life is good.
I’ll be back next Tuesday with another update, and in between with a couple more recipes that were cooked up, well, BEFORE. Until then, keep those encouraging comments coming my way!