All In A Days Work…

…the first stage of the kitchen cabinet installation was completed! We had a weekend filled with hard work and lots of fun. My brother Tim (on the right) arrived with his dear wife Letty late on Thursday night for the weekend. On Friday, because of Tim’s expertise in cabinetry and installation, Dear, Josh and Tim had all the cabinets installed in Josh and Laura’s kitchen. Our son in law Andrew has also been working alongside Dear on the complete renovation of the kitchen/eating area of J & L’s home but he has classes on Friday and had to wait for Saturday to join in the fun.

While the guys worked on Friday Letty and I shopped at a couple Goodwill stores and had lunch at Ariana (an Afghan restaurant). We bonded with the hostess/owner who spoke Russian to us and offered us the most delicious roasted pumpkin appetizer (pictured in the center) which was her mother’s recipe. I will be on a quest to try to duplicate it. When I asked her about the spices in the dish she was close-lipped, guarding the family recipe! We enjoyed Lamb Shashlik for our main dish and each had a cup of the restaurants special steeped tea.

On Friday night we had a full house for dinner and dessert. Letty and I made chicken fajitas and Letty made her signature Mexican rice and beans. I was photo challenged and only got one shot of the fajitas in process not the nice finished product with tri colored peppers and onions mixed in. Oye! We had a pumpkin dessert that I will be posting on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog on Thursday.

On Saturday the men (Dear, Tim and Andrew) headed back to Josh and Laura’s to work on trimming out the cabinets, electrical, installing the island pendant lights, and taking out a few more walls to add much needed insulation in the home. The girls, Letty, my sister Lana, Katie, Laura and I had a girls day out shopping and eating lunch together.

Our favorite store of the day was Charming Charlies. Do you have this store chain where you live? We all were able to find something we liked and we each left with an item or two or three.

On Saturday the guys took a lunch break, too, and ate at a Mexican restaurant together while we were eating at Coho. We all gathered in the evening at our house when the days activities were done and enjoyed left overs.

On Sunday after church we headed to Josh and Laura’s again and Tim and Dear added some finishing touches to the kitchen. Tim added the knobs and pulls, in less than an hour with the jigs he made. We were all so impressed! Dear tweaked the electrical while Josh added insulation to some walls. The ladies gave their expert opinions and guidance! We went out for one more meal together before Tim and Letty had to fly back to Southern California.

Our kids really appreciated the willingness of their uncle to fly up and add his expert assistance and skill in completing the kitchen cabinets. They would have never been able to complete this project so quickly without his help. Because my brother has the gift of helps and service this was not work for him but a joy! Thank you Tim and Letty!

Happy Monday to all of you. We have a free day today so time will tell what calls to us…

Signs from Atlanta…

…as in Georgia.



Besides these signs the “signs” around my house point to company coming. These “signs” include extra organization around this old house. There has been some extra cleaning. Don’t you just love the motivation to go over and above the norm when you have guests coming? We might enjoy some Coca Cola products and some brew…time will tell. We will just be doing it in the far Northwest of the U.S. instead of the Southeastern part where Atlanta hails!

I might be MIA the next few days as my brother Tim and my SIL Leticia are landing in Seattle from Southern California for a few days. Tim is going to install kitchen cabinets at our son and DIL’s house on Friday and Saturday. The girls might have to do some shopping and other fun things while the guys are lifting and hammering! Besides lots of hard work there will be lots of good food and catching up after the work is done.

Linking to signs, signs with Lesley!

Pulls and Knobs

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These first few photos are before shots of our pulls and knobs. I had to look in my archives to find the before photos. I was a bad blogger and I forgot to take close ups of the before shots. These pulls were nice and functional but they had too much detail on the surface that allowed crumbs and flying flour and sugar to gather in the nooks and crannies.

We decided to go with these cup pulls and knobs to match the metal on the pulls. No more nooks and crannies for food to get stuck in…

Our first project of the New Year is complete. Do you have any projects you are going to tackle this year?

Metamorphosis Monday ~ Kitchen in Washington

This is what my kitchen in Washington used to look like. I don’t have a lot of before shots because I wasn’t blogging back then and I also don’t have any of my photos that are this old on cd’s and with me in California. Wah, wah , wah…


Please notice the Oak cabinets and the rectangle patched space on the ceiling that used to be a fluorescent light fixture. We had a total of 4 of these fixtures in this kitchen/eating space and we would always kid around and say that we could do surgery on the kitchen island or dining table because it was so bright. Well this was the beginning of changing out all the fluorescent lights and putting in can lights and pendant lights over the island. There is blue wallpaper behind the stove top and above the sink and under the kitchen cabinets. All the appliances and are white or off white.


These photos were taken at one of my daughter’s birthday parties. This end of the kitchen used to have a sliding glass door to the outside porch. Boy did I hate these vertical blinds. Amazing how these kids have all grown up. 2 are married and 2 are engaged to be married and one of the married girls is pregnant with her first. And I suppose that is a kind of metamorphosis, but back to my kitchen. I fussed to my Dear one about those cabinets and walls and sliding glass door and vertical blinds and here’s what he did all by himself with help from our boys.

Here’s the view from the kitchen through the spot where the sliding glass door used to be and the porch used to be. The porch is now our family room and the sliding glass door opening was moved over to the left somewhat. I really love this space and am so happy the slider and vertical blinds are gone forever.


Here’s a view of the kitchen from the family room. No more fluorescent. No more Oak finish cabinets. No more blue wall paper. Dear painted the walls and cabinets 3 shades of green all from the same family (base color). He put fixtures on all the cabinets. He installed tile on the walls below the upper cabinets around the sink and above the stove top. He added decorative fruit tile above the stove top also. We traded out all the white appliances for stainless or black. He put in a new kitchen window with white molding. And trimmed out the door openings with decorative trim moldings.


I ended up finding all these random shots of different parts of my kitchen since the redo. Here’s a closer look at the decorative tile.

This is the opposite wall from the majority of the cabinets.

A closer look at the two shades of green on the cabinets and the hardware.

The Kitchen island where we generally set out our food buffet style. Our next projects in this kitchen will be to replace the counter tops and the flooring. Since we are living in the condo in California right now these projects are “on hold”.

For more Metamorphosis Monday visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

Photobucket is holding all my photos I stored with them from 2007-2015 hostage unless I pay them a lot of money. I’m slowly cleaning up many posts from this time period and deleting their ugly grey and black boxes with a ransom request. Such a time consuming bother.