Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What a Luxury!

The electricians are here working this morning, hooking up the double oven & all the outlets that weren't done before. I will be baking in a couple hours. Yesterday afternoon, I was in the attic unpacking some kitchen boxes and then washing dishes in the sink, in the kitchen. I knew while doing it that it would be the most enjoyable time I ever do dishes. Not bending over a utility sink in the basement is wonderful!
I promised you some pics. Here's a few...
The kitchen so far. There will eventually be a range hood over the stove top. Steve is working on the two drawers that are missing. The post above the bookshelf will be boxed in. Someday we will tackle the floor.
Here are the roll-out shelves in one of the pantry cabinets.  
The undermount sink. I love it! No rim to clean around.

The pantry cabinets are on the right. The open space will be a "hutch-type" cabinet. A drawer will be under the double oven. Someday maybe a white fridge.

Yesterday afternoon, Shep came in & laid down inside. A big step for him!

So, the electricians are done now...and I am heading to town for some butterscotch chips (no, not healthy) for Steve's oatmeal cookies.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sometimes You Just Have to Take a Break

Do you ever feel like you have been taken over by the Internet? Well I did. I decided I had too many other things to concentrate on & I needed a break. I've still been reading other people's blogs, just haven't wanted to devote the time to mine. It seems as so much has gone on since the last time I posted that it will take weeks to catch you up. I think I'll try shorter posts more often. Maybe that will work out for the best for right now.
A family update: We are going to be grandparents again! Kristin & Tim are expecting another girl in September! We are so excited! Jaelyn will have a little sister to play with. We are going to visit them this weekend for some much needed grandparent time.
An update on Shep (the dog we are adopting from the Amish): Shep is taking his time, getting comfortable with us. I put up a bell by the door that I ring when it is feeding time and he comes running. He's also just starting to  "hang out" with us this weekend. If we are outside, he'll come running up to us & stay around. It is a hopeful sign. After being around him and watching him run, I'm pretty sure he has hip dysplasia. He has that "bunny hop" run that is typical with that problem. Can't even attempt to bring him to the vet. I tried to put a leash on him & he coward & shook so bad it was pitiful. He is still not comfortable in the house, but in the last couple days, he's come in on his own when I clang his bowl or wave cheese under his nose :-). We've made cheese his reward for coming inside. Like most dogs, he LOVES cheese. So we will keep trying our best to make him our dog.
Eli & Lizzie news: A new baby boy at the Amish neighbors. Christian was born April 10th. Eli came over at two in the morning & woke us up to use the phone to call a neighbor of the midwife who is 40 minutes away. He then called his fried Ellie who came & took them there. Steve answered the door in his underwear :-) so I am sure he is the talk of the Amish community now :-0. The baby was born around noon & they were home by four. Baby & Lizzie are doing fine. Six boys & six girls. An even dozen.

What we've been doing at the farm: the kitchen! Every weekend, another stage of the kitchen is completed. Steve has one more cabinet to make (the hutch) , 3 drawer fronts, the toe kick & the moulding at the top & we will be complete. Today, the plumber is hooking up the stove top, dishwasher and ....... drum roll............the kitchen sink!!!! No more doing dishes in the utility sink in the basement. Tomorrow the electrician is coming to hook up the double oven. First thing out of the oven is Steve's favorite cookies. He will also be putting in the can lights & hooking up the rest of the outlets throught the house. I will be posting pictures after the plumber is done making a mess today.

There are so many other things to write about, but I need to get busy & get something done this morning. I'll leave you with a pic from the other morning....