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Countertop Choices

March 3rd, 2008

I have narrowed our countertop choices down from five billion to three. I have crossed out granite, marble, stainless steel, tile, concrete, laminate, wood, stone, quartz, paper, cotton, fingernail clippings, congealed pig blood, fossilized dog bones, fish scales, moss, wheat berries, cracker crumbs, crushed taco shells, and my favorite – texturized horse dung. I have decided on Corian. Why do I feel like there is a chorus of groans to my decision? Oh yeah because that is what my sister does every time I tell her. But Corian it is. Here is why…our cabinet maker installs it and it is affordable. I don’t have to drive to Kansas City or fly to Chicago, or take a subway to Liberia to get it. I just have to stop by the cabinet shop, look at the choices and pick one. It doesn’t cost nearly as much as that stone stuff does, it is durable and comes in a lot of colors. So there!

Here are the three I am currently deciding between…

Leaning pretty heavily to “earth” or the darker one.

Lowered Baking Center

March 3rd, 2008


This is my lowered baking center.


Because I am such a baker.


So it is a very very good thing that I went to all the trouble of devoting about one fourth of my counter space to a lowered baking center.




This is my foot pointing out some spilled flour on the floor.


When the Country Doctor saw our lowered baking center…


He was less than thrilled.


And his less than thrilling response…


Sent me into a tail spin that lasted for weeks.


During which I doubted every single decision I had ever made in my life.


Because clearly – if I am stupid enough to put a lowered baking center in my house.


When I literally bake about two times a year.


I must be way too dumb to have ever done anything else right.


Then one day as I was sitting, in a sodden anguished slump, on the counter of my lowered baking center.


Because the lowered baking center happens to be the perfect height for sitting in a sodden slump…


I realized something…


I realized that the Country Doctor has made exactly one meal since the day I married him.


And therefore doesn’t really get a VOTE on the lowered baking center…


DOES HE!!!…


And this is my goofball sister…


Demonstrating how to eat…


One of my freshly baked butterhorn rolls…


In the traditional Christmas butterhorn roll eating fashion.


And this is Jack sitting on the lowered baking center…


Which is how we use it…


Most of the time…

Vintage Farmhouse Sink

March 3rd, 2008

We have a kitchen sink…in our kitchen…installed…

and you can turn it on and water comes out!

Right here in our kitchen!

And we can also wash our hands at the sink and fill up the coffee pot and wash fruits and veggies, and wash dishes, and get wet wash cloths and wipe the table and the countertops and fill up pots and pans and make spaghetti…no wait I can’t make spaghetti. I don’t have a stove. But I could soak spaghetti. I wonder if you soaked spaghetti long enough, would it be the same as cooking it?

And look – the world’s cutest drain strainer thingy. This drain strainer thingy is so cute and so beautifully precious that it makes me feel like a movie star! I never knew a drain strainer could make you feel like a movie star, but I do.

I am going to go get a drink of water now…

from my kitchen sink.