"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Just a quick note to wish all my blogger friends a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year!

Be safe!

I will be back in the New Year with more pics of the kitchen update. Tile will go down in January.


Monday, December 17, 2012

New Range, Drywall Repair and Kitchen Update

After much thought, I finally decided against repairing the Kitchenaid range and purchased this new GE unit. I think it will workout much better for me since I do a lot of canning and the Kitchenaid was a glass top and I couldn't do long periods of cooking on that type of unit.  This seems to be a nice stove but the coils take a  little longer to heat up, they sort of sound like a creaking ship, and the surface is not flat so I can't set things on it for added counter space. I did use the oven on Sunday and roasted a big batch of brussel sprouts.  The oven seems to work pretty well, about the same as the Kitchenaid which always did a great job. This oven, like my old one is also a Convection Oven.  I  also like that this model has the controls at the back of the stove instead of the front, this means not having to clean that area while cooking.

I also will be changing out the two black handles on the drawers and put on knobs. The handles are too large for these two drawers.  That means filling holes, sanding and painting again but the handles just don't work here.

I don't think I will be adding a decorative back-splash behind the stove like I was going to do.  You can see in the photo above that there really isn't much space behind it to add a tile design so that will save some money.

I am still thinking of adding some sort of an open cabinet cubicle on the right of the range hood. That will balance out the cabinets on both sides.  

I was able to find a drywall repair person that did the repairs for me on Friday morning to the electrical area and he also repaired the areas around the window and backsplash that had the 8 inch tiles.  When I removed those, they left a ridge that he scraped and then filled and texture sprayed. He did a great job and only charged me $120.00 to repair 5 holes plus the backsplash.

 This shows the repairs to the drywall for the electrical work.

This week I may be painting the walls, that way if I make a mess on the floor it won't matter!  The floor tile will be installed the second week of January (hopefully).  Then we move on to the countertop. We are still deciding on the color of the granite.  We decided against the brown tones and have looked at several slabs of  "Verde Tunas".  This granite has a lot of black in it and just a little green. I will go with one that has more black than green.  I am getting excited as the month goes on, knowing that soon all will be finished and I can start using my kitchen again.  

I have a very small garden this winter, with the kitchen mess I didn't want to have too much to care for, but here are a few photos.

Swiss Chard


Red Leaf, Oak Leaf from "Farmer's Market Blend" Botanical Interests Seed

Beets and Cilantro

Easter Egg and French Breakfast Radishes from Botanical Interest Seeds

Parsley planted from seed in September

Arugula Blend

Potato Plants 

 Fresh Picked this morning!

Raised beds resting for the winter.