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Somewhere on Mt. Desert Island, Maine.  June 2012
Somewhere on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. June 2012

We end up stumbling our way through the forest, never seeing all the unexpected and wonderful possibilities and potentials because we’re looking for the idea of a tree, instead of appreciating the actual trees in front of us.

~ Charles de Lint

Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia.  June 2012
Early on a foggy morning.  (Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia. June 2012)

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks.  Glitches with the kitchen renovation continue to happen.  That’s life.  The main thing is that progress is slowly being made, and I’m appreciating that our idea of a kitchen is now becoming the kitchen in front of us.

Communing with the sky.  (A tree on the Lone Sheiling Trail.  Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada.  2012 June)
Communing with the sky. (A tree on the Lone Sheiling Trail. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada. 2012 June)

The counter tops arrived later than expected yesterday.  I felt sorry for the guys delivering and installing them.  They are from “over the bridge” (the bridge being the Chesapeake Bay bridge) which is at least a two hour ride from here, and they had another job they were scheduled to do last night.  It must have been a very long day for them.

I don’t understand why the kitchen design company we’re working with contracts everything out to people who are Far Away.  I suppose they have their reasons, but I can’t think of any that make sense.  There are businesses in the area that handle the same materials so that’s not the reason.

Forest path on a rainy day.  (Mount Desert Island, Maine.  June 2012)
Not quite clear.  (Mount Desert Island, Maine. June 2012)

At any rate, the counter tops are installed and they are beautiful!  M saw them first when the installers were here, and I knew something good was happening when I heard him say, “Wow!”  That was my reaction, too.  Want to see them?  Okay, I’ll show them to you.

In just a minute.  A little explanation is needed first.  I took a dozen or so photos on this gray and rainy day, and the one thing that I can not pick up is the sparkle.  Light sparkles and glitters and plays on the counter tops.  So I will show you a sparkly version that I played with in Pixlr.

Imagine that the counter tops were sprinkled with fairy dust.
Imagine that the counter tops were sprinkled with fairy dust.

Unfortunately, most of the sparkles in the image are not on the counter tops.  I don’t have time right now to figure out a way to do it.  I can’t figure out a way to get the colors to come out true, either.  I need a nice, sunny morning to bring in the natural light.  In the meantime, the next black and white version shows a little of the twinkling that happens.

There are stars in the kitchen.
There are stars in the kitchen.  (You’ll probably have to click on this to see the sparkles.  Look at the counter towards the front of this photo.  You can also see some of the curve in the counter, too.)

Here is the color, straight out of the camera version of the first photo I showed you:

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The counter tops are quartz, have a variety of flecks in them, and reflect the green in the cabinets.  You can’t see that in any of the photos.  This is going to be a good photo challenge.  I’ll figure it out eventually.

During the installation of the counters, the installers discovered that our new sink is battered and bent.  So.  We have another delay while we wait for another new sink to be delivered.  Kitchen Design Girl said we should be able to get it by sometime next week.  The replacement for the damaged cabinet won’t be here until around the 20th of December.  Any bets on the kitchen remodel being dragged out until sometime in 2014?

Rainy day
Rainy day.  (Looking out the kitchen window.)

The good news is that they should be able to hook up the dishwasher and the stove next week.  I can live with that for now as it means I will be able to cook.  I can continue to use the sink in the laundry room for water, and clean-up, and draining things.  I won’t be able to unpack yet (because there is still work to be done on the cabinets), but I can live with that, too.  It will be worth all the glitches, when all is said and done.

In the meadow yesterday, just before the rains came.
In the meadow yesterday, just before the rains came.

That’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today.  Thank you for visiting.  It’s been raining like crazy here since last night.  The wind was pretty wild overnight, but seems to have settled down a bit today.  It’s still pretty breezy, but not quite as blustery.  (As soon as I typed that, the wind roared, then howled.  Perhaps it IS as blustery.)  Last I checked, we have had about 2 inches of rain.  It could be more by now.  Back in the Bogs, they’re getting snow.  Lucky them.

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

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Today’s joys:  Sparkles!  (Sparkling raindrops on the windows, and sparkles in the counter tops.)  A lovely cinnamon tea that I bought at a great Indo-Asian grocery that we found.  Clean sheets and bedding.  The genuine helpfulness and kindness of all the contractors who have worked on the kitchen.  Sorting through photos from last year.  (I still have tons I never showed you so I may keep sprinkling them here and there in my posts, the way I did today.)


Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

24 thoughts on “Stumbling

  1. I’m going to guess the design company contracts with businesses known for their scratch ‘n dent specials–the cabinet, the sink? I suppose that’s the cynic in me. Glad you will get the stove hooked up soon. Who knows how long the sink will be.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Robin!

    Hugs from Ecuador,


    1. LOL, Kathy! The evidence suggests you could be right. Or they have poor packers and movers. Given how messed up our furniture was after this move, my money is on the second option. I’m not going to grump too much about the movers, though, as the repair guy they sent did a great job on the things he could fix, and the company issued us a nice check for the things that could not be fixed.

      Thank you. I hope your first Thanksgiving in Ecuador is warm and loving and filled with laughter, great company, and good food. 🙂


  2. I wonder the same here in our local area Robin, why must people deal with suppliers from Far Away, when the very same supplies are available Right Here? I prefer to deal with the locals. I LOVE your kitchen, the way it is all coming together, perhaps not as fast as it should, but look at the difference! It’s wonderful, and I’m so happy for you. Happy 1st Thanksgiving in your new home. 🙂


    1. Thank you, Joanne. 🙂 I am so glad we decided to hire local electricians to do the electrical work. They did a fantastic job, didn’t have to drive 2-3 hours to get here, didn’t charge us a fortune, and they were good guys. We also bought our lights and other electrical supplies through a local company, I’ve really learned a lot throughout this process, things that will help with some of the other work we need to have done.


  3. I think a renovation project must be something we do to practice patience and tolerance – but oh how nice when it’s all done! I think I’ve seen countertop similar to yours on HGTV and loved it. I’ve recently developed a fondness for cabinets of color rather than white or wood. I’d like to paint mine a steel blue. Any day now.

    Sent from my iPad



    1. Go for it, Carol! I had wood cabinets installed in our first kitchen renovation (many, many years ago). Then we went with white cabinets in our second (in the Bogs). Now I’ve come around to painted wood. Funny how our tastes change. 🙂


  4. Lovely and I can see the sparkles from here, as I look toward the eastern shore. Enjoy your first meal in the new kitchen and have a wonderful time with family!


  5. I can see the sparkles Robin, so much joy to be enjoyed! I was laughing this evening listening to some music, it was sparkling too … a young Australian singer I will look up now the internet is back up for me : ) … the kitchen will be amazing, but it is hard for us ordinary people to understand the business world of kitchen design and manufacture … all mates rates I guess.


  6. Oh it’s starting to look like a wonderful kitchen, sparkles and all. Love the rainy – looking out your kitchen window – image. Mystical. It’s all coming together, slower than expected but that seems to be the way with renovations. it will all be done, in due time, and you’ll have years to enjoy what you’ve created.


  7. Your kitchen is progressing nicely, Robin. I hope you’re able to concoct some kind of Thanksgiving Day feast in it. I’m heading your way this morning; we’re spending Thanksgiving with my sister’s family in Salisbury. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. 🙂


  8. The kitchen is already beautiful. I have done the kitchen makeover thing..there are ALWAYS issues…but it does seem you have more than your share..cabinet AND sink damaged? Who shipped these things? Your sink is such that you can look out your big bay window while you work! That is absolutely wonderful. You’re going to love it.

    I also love the vacation pictures. That looks like a great trip. Guess it’s another place I need to add to my list of places to visit someday.


  9. I could see the sparkles, Robin! I love how things are coming together! I can relate to everything you are dealing with. We had our kitchen remodeled a few years ago. I will have to tell you about it sometime. Because of unethical contractors and incompetence (and worse) we did not have use of the kitchen for 5 months!! Used the laundry room sink, garage refrigerator, and a microwave in the dining room. Eventually I was able to choose counter tops – black granite with coppery sparkles. It is one of my favorite things about the kitchen.


  10. Wow ! love the twinkles.
    Hold out for everything to be done right, if you’re paying for best quality, don’t settle for second best, it will be worth the wait in the end. After all, the kitchen will be around for a lot longer than the workmen. 🙂


  11. Wanting to look directly at that tree (or counter top) instead of the idea of a tree (or counter top). That divide between our expectations and reality can be the most challenging divide of all. Sparkling back at you, Kathy


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