If you can avoid it (which we really couldn't), I wouldn't recommend trying to arrange the sale of your home, the purchase of another, visiting relatives homes out-of-town (twice), and having your brother in from L.A. all at the same time. Actually, the part about having Dave here has just made things more fun, but things have been pretty crazy. What I'm trying to say is, sorry about not posting lately. I'll be better next year (like after we close January 8th.)
Did I ever show you my old microwave? The one that had the handle that broke off, and fell in two large chunks into the pasta sauce I was cooking at the time?
The one I repaired with super glue, rubber bands, and garbage bag ties? No? Well, that might be because you were coming over for dinner, and I didn't want you to cancel when you saw this thing.
(Yes, we had to have that repaired before selling the place.) I have looked forward to getting a new house and a new, gigantic kitchen for longer than I can tell you.
Well, that time has finally arrived. As of January, I will take possession of my Kitchen of the Future, which is not gigantic, but it sure is new!
It has much more usable counterspace (and granite tops, yay!) than my current kitchen, and those new appliances... I can't wait. The stove is electric, which I do not prefer, but I can try to adapt. If I can't, I may have to go back to gas. I will no doubt burn countless dishes before I get used to it, but I am going to try. I had seen bigger kitchens in the homes we looked at, but this place overall was such a great fit for us that I think it is worth it (and hey, it is bigger than the alley kitchen I have now.) I plan on putting a built-in cabinet space, or just a large buffet at the head of the dining area for extra dish storage. I'm really looking forward to the new-ness of it all!