Despite my best intentions to write and post regularly, life constantly interjects challenges. After a long time, and much deliberation, (and a complete office renovation as a by-product) the deed has been done: the new kitchen has been ordered. On the heels of the girls heading back to their respective schools and the last items being stored or placed back in the office, the die was cast. This has immediately put us on a countdown to kitchen preparedness. Meaning: we should have started yesterday at least.
It’s a question of working backwards. Cupboards must go in before counter-tops. Floors must go in before cupboards. Before floors can go in, plumbing and electrics must be revamped, and cupboards must be emptied and appliances removed. And where exactly, on this ground floor, are they going to go in the meantime? At what point should the ceiling be painted? This kind of logistics is just not my forte!
So, I’ve begun somewhere. Not sure if it is the right point, but the riotous wall paper is now gone. I’m emptying and weeding cupboards into a series of boxes (that I hope to be able to find again, should I need something). I’ve packed as many boxes again of long-term inaccessible items and put them out of the way. Sorry folks, I will not be hosting a formal dinner party for quite a while! Come to think of it, we haven’t had one in the last fifteen years (the office is in the dining room) – don’t think I’m about to start now. I am madly trying to cook bulk quantities of food for future frozen meals, and take care of the catering for an earlier-planned camping trip coming up soon …
I’m also trying to savor the slight diminution of foot traffic around here, and get back to my ‘real’ work. I really want to write a book, but will have to content myself with incremental progress on patterns and preparation for future workshops. Today I’m going to try to work early and continue until lunch time, after which I will go into demolition mode! It is all very unsettling (even good change is stressful!), wish me luck. PS It’s already 3pm had better stop now.