Wednesday, October 29, 2014


A long, long time ago, in a far, far away place, a woman dreamed of updating a kitchen.  Friends and family questioned her decision, but it was a dream whose time had come...

The woman dreamed of a white kitchen...
The dream originated from a childhood memory of her mother's white kitchen and so she set about putting her plan into action.  So, in April, 2014, the woman made a phone call and got her first bid.  But the bidders did not hold the woman's ideas in high regard and so she moved on to the second contractor.  This bid was much too high (even though he'd been given her budget at the first meeting) and he suggested she cut some of her dream out of her kitchen design.  Being a compliant woman, she obliged and the contractor must have thought the woman a fool because his second bid was still too high and he got very angry with the woman and told her mean things to bring her into compliance with his offer.  This hurt the woman's feelings, but she said nothing to the mean contractor and moved on wondering if her dream was too big and feeling sad.  Finally, the woman had a thought--she would be her own agent and she would contract the project herself.  It made perfect sense and her dream would come true.

Now, there is a WHOLE LOT more to this story, but it is time to see what the woman dreamed of (and the story will continue next week...stay tuned).

Here is the kitchen the woman wished to change...

And, here is her dream realized after 13 weeks of babysitting her contractors...

There is still a bit of work the woman must do for the dream to be complete, but the woman did not want her faithful readers to have to wait any longer to see some progress.
The woman's heart now sings when she enters her home   and she is so very, very glad she listened to her own heart (because most of the contractors did not want to do what she wanted--they were a wiry bunch--and tried to talk her out of her dream at every step).  

The woman is tired now and will tell more of the story (and show lots of pretty pictures too) in Part Deux next week.  She hopes you will return again and she'll share details and tips to help you find your dream too (and save some money)!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I know, I am a little late in wishing you a happy October when it is already the 14th but I've been traveling for the first part of the month and do not like the way my blog platform centers my pictures when I compose blog posts on my IPad.  Sooooo, that is why my greetings are a little off--that, and my kitchen is still not finished!  Supposedly it will be tomorrow, but I've been down this road so many times, I try not to get my hope up just yet.  I am learning patience in spades right now...well, maybe.

But, I don't want you to think I've forgotten my little blog, so in the spirit of the month of October, I thought I'd share some beautiful, spooky little critters I've gotten up-close-and-personal with lately.

Isn't this a beautiful spider?  Don't get me wrong, I'm terrified of them too, but this one was quite remarkable.  If anyone knows the name of this one, I'd love to know so I could learn more about it's habits--namely, if it will stay in the garden and not invite itself into my home and give me a heart attack!  Eeeekkk!

This little one was hanging out in my tree (again, I hope the spider doesn't seek shelter in my garage or inside the house).  You cannot tell from this picture, but it was spinning its web and I always find it fascinating to watch and see what pattern they will spin.  Remember, this is the October Robin talking here, most of the time these things freak me out! 

This itsy-bitsy spider was doing something with that leaf and working like a madman.  Look at those legs!

Okay, finished with the spider pictures.  But I didn't watermark these pictures and you're free to use them if you give me credit for being the photographer (although I do use that term loosely).  Might make a nice collage for the spooky season...just a thought.

This is an actual pinecone I spotted in Florida and the only editing to this picture was to take OUT some of the highlights because the pinecone was too bright!  The growth on the pinecone is lichen.

(lichen (/ˈlaɪkən/ or /ˈlɪtʃən/) is a composite organism that emerges from an algae or cyanobacteria (or both) living among filaments of a fungus in a mutually beneficial (symbiotic) relationship. The whole combined life form has properties that are very different than properties of its component parts  on the cone.) 

Just thought I'd throw in that definition for you, no charge!  I love the color of lichen.  It is usually this very pale sage-green.

And the last picture today is just a single gorgeous leaf--the epitome of autumn.  Enjoy.  Hopefully next week I'll have pictures of a finished kitchen BUT maybe not....

Thanks for reading.  Till next time...

Thursday, September 25, 2014


at an almost, almost finished kitchen

first, the before...

....ta dah...

and another ta dah...

and another...

and the last ta dah moment...

This time
(after about the fifth time of thinking this)
it is about finished!!!!

I over-the-moon happy with it
it has been the bumpiest remodel

My friends that have listened to me bitch complain about it
about everything that went so off kilter

The best comment was from my daughter when she said,
"You have been very patient about this project!"

'Cause inside I've been at my boiling point
many, many times

And then, just when the end was in sight,
I thought...

paint something else?

how about that living room mantle
the living room walls
a room upstairs
the hallway

on paint fumes
is what I am

I cannot wait to see it done
just in time
for the

life is continuing
and we have to
two weeks
to pick up

so it continues.

(paint fumes will do that to a person)

THANKS for reading.  
Till the next project...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I know, I know, I've been missing in action but I've been using all of my energy being p.a.t.i.e.n.t.  The kitchen did not get the promised doors last week because of a situation completely out of my control (and the control of a few others).  It pretty much looks like a work-in-progress (without a lot of progress the last couple of weeks).  I was at a party this weekend and a family member commented that I've been very patient with the project and I was shocked.  I haven't felt very patient but I am glad I appear that way to loved ones and all of the people helping (doing the work).  

Here's the latest update...

From SW Baguette to SW Pure White go the walls...

Voila!  Presto change O!
(I wish it were that quick!)  But I love the white walls.  It was a scary proposition, but I followed my heart and I'm loving it each time I walk into my messy kitchen.  And...sorry, that is all I have to share about the kitchen.

You didn't think a lot little frustration with one project would keep me from dreaming about another project or two.  Did you?  Really?

Here's my latest dilemma...

I'm going to trust my instincts on this color choice too.  Which one do you think I'll choose?  This is the little guest bath off of my new Pure White kitchen.  (I know the camera did not pick up the subtle differences.)  The Sea Salt is looking baby blue and the other two look exactly the same BUT they're not...
To be continued...
(always at this house).

For your viewing pleasure, I have some pictures to lift your spirits and make you want to go outside to see if these little buddies are in your neighborhood...
Just take a deep (yoga) breath and enjoy.

These pictures were taken at Botanica's Butterfly House in Wichita, Kansas.  We just stopped by to see what a glorious Fall day was doing in the gardens and were rewarded with these beauties.  The kitchen was a long way from my mind and everything was right in the world (for just a few moments).  Hope these pictures did the same for you.

Thanks for the visit.  Come again soon.  Maybe the kitchen will be done (just kidding, it won't be done, that's just wishful thinking on my part).

Til next time, take a moment to enjoy a change of seasons.

Friday, September 05, 2014


The looooong, sloooooow process of the kitchen remodel is coming along.  Next week I might have doors back on my WHITE cabinets!!!!!  That is the good news.  The other news is now the walls will be painted soon and I'm still stuttering a little about the exact color.  (I know what I want, but other people are questioning my choice so now I am too!  Didn't want you to think I didn't have a plan when this all began!)

But I just snapped a picture and wanted to share just a teaser of what's shaping up in this project...

This is a cabinet that will never be left opened but will be a work-horse in this kitchen.  It will house the microwave, the toaster and various other things yet to be decided.

Here are a few of the decisions that had to be made for just this cabinet...

The upper-cabinet puck lights (hanging by wires in this photo) were a tough installation.  I thought because we had fluorescent lights on top of the old cabinets this would be easy peasy!
...NO WAY...

The carpet in the bedroom above the kitchen was pulled back and holes (I didn't want to see) drilled into the upper floor to get these lights to function properly!  Keep in mind, this is not considered a major kitchen remodel!  (I know I'm using a lot of exclamation points, but I'm trying to make a point here!  Oops, did it again, didn't I?)

Here are my beautiful white, white doors waiting patiently in my garage.
OOOHHH, I hope we don't damage them before they get installed next week.  

Thanks for following along on this project with me.  Writing about it helps my anxiety a little bit (just a little), so I appreciate your visit.  When everything is finished (will it ever be?), I'll post color choices, countertop material, knob selections, handle selections, etc.

If you want information before then, I'll be glad to provide it.  Just drop me an email or comment and I'll try to get back to you in a few days.  I relied on the internet a lot when I had questions about which direction to go with certain materials and would be happy to help anyone in the same situation.

Take care...