Sunday, October 07, 2012

Weekend Adventures

Last night I babysat with my granddaughter and a little friend while the parents were at a charity event which lasted until very late.  We all piled into the big bed together to watch movies—little kid movies—and I finally did what I had never really anticipated:  I read an entire novel on my iPhone Kindle app.  It was a fairly decent experience.  No, the parents were not gone that long, but I drank two very large, very strong cups of coffee in the late afternoon.  I finally went to sleep sometime after 5 a.m.!  The novel is reviewed on my Goodreads page, link to the right of this post.  It’s the second book in the Gray Whale Inn series.

Today, we went in the house.  There was much more progress than I anticipated.  The walls are all textured; almost all of the crown molding is up.  In the master bath, I actually sat in the shower.  There’s no tile, but the pan and the bench are there.  The area around all the windows was finished so that we could measure for the blinds.  My son measured, and I wrote.  I used to sell blinds, and I was pleased to see how very little difference there was from window to window and from top to bottom, taking 3 measurements in each direction.  We used a foreign made tape measure, so I’m going to double check against an American one before I order.  This way, however, I won’t have to fuss with those temporary blind things—the real thing can be installed before we move in!

And, the kitchen cabinets were mostly in place.  Here are some pictures:

photo 1(5)

Pantry

 

photo 2(7)

Refrigerator, corner appliance garage, lazy susan cabinet

 

photo 3(7)

Microwave slot, another corner setup, range area, sink, dishwasher

This is where I need some help.  If you look at the top picture, you will see that the pantry cabinet—it has a double door, I think—consists of an upper cabinet, a lower cabinet with a large upper compartment with a stationary shelf, and lower pull out shelves.  I need organizing suggestions.  We are from the country, so even though we will be living in the city, we will want to maximize food storage.  We like to have a large variety of canned vegetables and fruits as well as frozen, some canned meats, soups, and staples such as broth and tomato sauce and such.  We also will want dry staples, and items such as beans and rice.  And then of course, there’s junk food and mixes.  Suggestions are welcome.  The cabinet is the depth of a lower kitchen cabinet.

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