First up, let me say, I know that by today's standards my kitchen would be termed out of date, but I am fully ok with that. I have always loved stained wood cabinets and trim in a house. I love the look of wood grain. These cabinets are simply too gorgeous to cover the wood with paint. My mom is all about white, but not me. And... yes I know plain white countertops are not seen anywhere these days. I really did plan to change those out at some point when we moved in back in 2002. It is white Corian installed in 1984 when it was built. It is in mint condition, and I came close at one point, but I wanted something else done more at the time and I just thought they are in such great shape...well, I put it off. Truth is now they have just grown on me. I don't want to change them. I have actually begun to see white in some recent pictures. Maybe I have outlasted the trend.
The kitchen is one of the craziest rooms in the house with lighting. I have pot lights above each set of cabinets, under cabinet lighting around all cabinets and over head lights and just wait until you see the number of windows, but it still a dark room especially with 50 something year old eyes. I think the white countertops are good, because more dark would be sure enough hard to see. (still trying to justify to the world)
The cow cookie jar has a name. It is Ethel, named after my great aunt Ethel. It is at her house that my mom saw it for the first time (almost 50 years ago). She loved it so much, she went out and purchased one herself. It has served cookies for a very long time. I recently talked Mama into letting me have it:) She has an imprint on the bottom of her which indicates she is probably worth something in terms of collector value, but she is worth too much in memories to get rid of her.
The paint color is called Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware. The blogger that I first saw it on said it was the chameleon of colors. UnskinnyBoppy was soooo right. It changes with the light. Sometimes gray, or blue, or green.
Circling around to the next wall. Going to be honest here too.... I really really really try to keep that island clean, but something always ends up there. I like keeping it cleaned off for cooking and serving though. I know it looks like it should have some decorative item on there, but if you put one thing on it...well, before you know it, it is piled high.
Then, around to the next wall where it quite obvious I have along way to go in the picture taking department, but since this blog is for posterity's sake, it is ok that I don't know how to take pictures with the light not behind me.
Two things about the picture above...
#1 - I love taking pictures of the house for the photo albums, because I actually love looking back to see what has changed and keeping those memories of where we lived. When I was looking for pictures of the kitchen, I found that I never took photos of the kitchen by itself. I have tons of other rooms in the house. I think that is because we truly live there, so rarely are the counters that clean or are there pictures without people in them. I like that though. Lots of life happens in this kitchen!!!!
#2 I realized with this new paint job that I didn't want to be so trendy after all. I bought the cow head that I have seen on so many blogs to hang above the kitchen sink and I hated it even though I LOVE cows. I mean I really love cows and chickens. The wreath is a temporary placement to cover the humongous screw that Hubby put up for the cow head. I am currently cross stitching something to put there. Putting my touch on it, but it will be a while.
Now onto the next wall, the favorite one of all. The one where I realize how blessed I am. The round table that seats the most wonderful family, the view that truly is one of the best anywhere. The sun comes up over that bayou. Baby, it doesn't get any better than that. Only time I hate it is when a hurricane is coming in, then it is an agonizing view.
The overhead lights don't help my light situation either, but they are one of those things that have grown on me over the years too. There is just a part of me that doesn't like to be like everyone else, and those lights are different. My mother-in-law loved them so much. She even gave me one to put in our house before we moved into theirs. It was so me even though I wasn't especially crazy about Tiffany lights. I loved her though, so they are staying!!!
The table was custom made. We had a lower table in this area, but we had grown accustomed to eating at a bar. We didn't move into the house until the children were in middle school. We really missed the height. We went down to a local Amish furniture store and had them build us a bar height table. Who knew bistro tables would be so popular now? Anyway, it is one of my favorite things!
A look back in from the living room.
And another with Lucy. Lemony can't be too far away.
This week has been awesome. I went for a walk Monday morning and saw that big yellow school bus, but I am not headed to school. Retirement finally seemed real. I am looking forward to getting my very neglected home in order this school year.
And... letting the Lord guide me into the next steps.
And that is a wrap.
Looking forward prayerfully,