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An elegant lifestyle

Happy Demolition Day!
Happy Demolition Day!

Though we eat little flesh and drink no wine,
Yet let’s be merry; we’ll have tea and toast;
Custards for supper, and an endless host
Of syllabubs and jellies and mincepies,
And other such ladylike luxuries.

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Before the big demo
Before the big demo

It’s Saturday night as I start this post.  With NaBloPoMo going on, I figure I better get a head start or I might not be able to get a post out today (which is really tomorrow, but you’re reading this today so it’s today).  M and I are right on schedule with our kitchen work.  We spent a full day removing what was left of the old kitchen.  We also finished the painting.

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By the time we finished, there wasn’t any daylight left for taking photos.  The new lighting makes it nice and bright, but not quite nice and bright enough for me to take some shots without dragging out the tripod.  I’m not even sure where the tripod is at the moment.

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The removal of the “cabinets” and counter top went smoothly, and wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be.  I was afraid that when we lifted the shelves off the flooring thousands of mice and millions of roaches would come pouring out of a large black hole in the floor.  We did find evidence of mice.  Lots of mouse poop, to be exact.  Thankfully it was old and dry.  At least we didn’t find any bodies.  Last week while cleaning out a ceiling register, M found a dead mouse sitting on the grill.  It wasn’t the first dead mouse we’ve come across (the first was under the fridge).

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There has been one live mouse.  M and I were sitting in the living room one evening a couple of weeks ago, watching a movie, when Izzy walked in carrying a mouse in her mouth.  It was, of course, alive.  She dropped it and looked at me with such excitement.  “A new toy!!!”  The first thing I did was draw my feet up because there is something about a mouse that makes me want to keep my feet off the floor.  (Yes, I’ve been known to stand on a chair when I know there is a mouse running around.  I am such a stereotype.  It’s all nonsense.  I know that.  That poor little mouse isn’t going to go running across my feet.  It’s going to run in the other direction.  But I protect my feet for no reason anyhow.  It’s how I roll.)  After much ado, Bella caught the mouse that Izzy dropped, and M took it from Bella (she thinks he’s a god and will give him anything, even the food/mouse out of her mouth) and disposed of it outside.

In addition to mouse poo, we found mold and mildew on the plywood flooring under the cabinets we removed.  Lots of bleach later, it looks pretty good, but we’ll leave it up to the kitchen installation people to decide whether or not the plywood should be replaced.  If they want to tear it out and redo it, great.  If not, the bleach (and drying it out) has hopefully taken care of things.

No roaches, by the way, came pouring out.  There was no black hole, either.  Just thought you’d want confirmation of those things.

Foggy day
Foggy day

I did get out for a walk before nightfall yesterday.  Saturday was a gray, foggy, misty day.  The weather prognosticators said we’d see some sunshine, but they were wrong.  Perhaps they had sun in the northern section of the Delmarva peninsula.  The weather folks cover the whole area when they start predicting, and occasionally the weather here in the south differs from the weather up north.  Even without the sun, it was a fairly warm day.  Today (which is still tomorrow for me right now) is supposed to be even warmer.  In the 70’s kind of warm.

Oak leaf
Oak leaf

Our first dinner without a kitchen was quite luxurious.  We had grilled lobster tails, a cucumber salad, and baked onion rings.  The lobster tails were a treat.  On the way to points south of us (Pocomoke City, etc.), there is a large Sysco food plant.  They have a store where the general public can buy food at sometimes great prices.  M and I went by the store a few times over the weeks they were advertising lobster tails at a fantastic price.  We finally stopped one day, went in to explore a bit, and came home with the lobster tails which we saved for this occasion.

November mist
November mistiness

We should be installing part of the new kitchen floor today.  There is a corner section we need to have done before the cabinets are installed.  The rest we can finish once the cabinets are in.  Hopefully I will remember to take photos first thing in the morning so I can show you how it looks now that we finished painting.

Misty green
Misty green

Well, I’m tired and should start thinking about powering down for the day (because it’s still Saturday night as I type this).  Thank you for dropping in and having a look around the kitchen.

Early morning
Early morning

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

NaBloPoMo November 2013

Today’s joys:  Restorative yoga.  A walk in the fog.   The laundry room sink that’s almost perfect for washing dishes.  (Without it, I’d probably be washing dishes in the bathtub.  Been there, done that, and it’s not fun or easy.)  Music to work by.  The Little Bird that flits around me when I go out for my walks.

Little Bird
Little Bird

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

34 thoughts on “An elegant lifestyle

  1. What a job you have taken on, and how nice it will be when it is done! I loved your last two photos, most especially the one with the pine needles with the water drops and web. Onward and upward! Anxious to see the progress.

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  2. I love the way you typed on the kitchen pictures – great way to explain what is going on.
    Love the photo of the droplets on the pine needles.
    I hope the storms they were talking about in the mid-west today are far from your former home and that all is well and good for your family.

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    1. Thanks, Karma. I appreciate the good thoughts. I was just on the phone with my oldest son when the tornado sirens went off so I’m sitting here watching the radar, waiting for him to call back when it’s over. Haven’t heard from our youngest son yet. They have watches, but no warnings so far.

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  3. I really appreciated this post today, Robin. We built our home from the ground up a few good years back now, and your words and images brought back horrifically wonderful memories. Hard work, done well, is wondrous! This past summer, as I was cleaning out the kitchen cabinets to pass along the items we no longer use to become of some use to others, the mouse poop popped up. We live in the woods with the woodland critters. And it’s a beautiful life.

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  4. What wonderful progress you are making with this house. It’s turning into a lovely cosy place without mouse droppings. Hang tight, the new kitchen will soon be done and completely functional. Can’t wait to see it.

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  5. I enjoy seeing your remodeling progress. To me it looks like fun, fun, fun. But then, I am not the one doing the work and cleaning up the mess. The creative part of it really appeals to me, though. We are in a new enough house that it’s not likely we’ll do anything here. Although our bathroom could really use a make-over. . .

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    1. You should go for it, Christine. 😀 The creative part is fun, fun, fun. I even like painting and learning how to install flooring. I could do without the drywall dust and the mouse poop, but I guess it can’t all be fun, fun, fun. Everything has to have contrast of some kind.

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  6. Sorry to be late getting here, but I’m so glad I made it. I love this post–all of the homey details make it especially fun. Congrats on the demo! And hooray for laundry sinks!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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  7. It sounds like a whole lot of fun, renovating your kitchen (minus the mouse poop and threats of cockroaches, of course!) The kitchen, to me, plays a major role in the overall picture of a home. I can’t wait to see the end result (I bet you’re hanging out for that moment too!) 🙂

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  8. Did you live with lots of mice in the bogs? Unfortunately, we do here. Sigh. Caught another one after returning from Florida. I don’t mind catching them in the basement but do not like it when remains are spotted in the cupboards. Then it’s all-out war! Like so many others, I really enjoyed the raindrops on needles shot the bestest.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. 🙂 We didn’t have too many mice in the Bogs because of the cats, plus M is persistent when it comes to closing off all routes of entry. It took a few years, but we finally managed to plug all the holes and the only time the mice came in was when someone left a door open.

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  9. Hahaha, I’ve never had a mouse inside my house, but I’m sure I would be the same if I encountered one– standing on a chair and acting out the stereotype. Glad to hear you didn’t face any roaches or black holes. (Would have made an entertaining blog post, though!)

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    1. lol, Dana! Yes, I suppose it would have made an entertaining blog post (of the nightmare variety!). Life has been pretty entertaining without the roaches or black holes, though. 🙂

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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