Inside to the Kitchen

I am going to put everything on hold and move into the house. I took these pictures more than a week ago so many things have changed so will tell you what I have done as we look at the pictures.
Going from the patio/car port you enter my kitchen. I did quite a bit of work here as soon as I moved in. I got new stove and dishwasher. The stove worked but was a mess and impossible to clean so a new one was needed as do love to cook. The dishwasher was not working and taking up so much room it either needed to be replace or taken out. After some discussion I decided to just get a new one. So far I have only used it twice but come Thanksgiving I will be glad I have it. The refrigerator cleaned up fine so I kept that and the hood cost more than the new stove and the old one worked so I did not replace that. I have to have one shelf in the pantry replaced and the micro wave I just tossed out. Other than that just a good cleaning made this a great kitchen even if it is small. When I do much cooking here I over flow into the living room and the dinning room.
this is a picture of the whole kitchen. As you see it is a galley kitchen and very small. There is more room than it looks like here so I will show you the different sections closer up. Now that I have cut the hedge down a couple feet I get much more light into the kitchen and I have a small lamp on the counter behind the sink. Josh fixed my sink for me so that is fully functional now.

As you come in on your left is this sink area. I now have moved many of my canisters and keep here only the dried fruit I have for breakfast and have a small lamp here so I have more light when I cook. With a double sink it is easy to keep things washed up as I cook and don’t need as much room.

To your right is the pantry. I have to keep the door shut on the pantry as it’s door blocks the door to the outside. That is fine as I don’t want people coming in when I am working in the pantry anyways.

Right beside the pantry is this small cooking area. It is here I do my baking and mixing up any cake or cookies etc. It is small but big enough to us my big mixer and that is all I need. Right next to that is the refrigerator.

Next to the sink is a counter where I prepare food and you can see the edge of my big chopping board. What you see is about one third of the whole counter. You can also see my lunch that I was making and that is lettuce from my tower. That fresh lettuce just melts in your mouth. Next to the chopping block is the stove. There are cabinets above all these and below. I also have nine draws below so have lots of nice storage.

Next to the stove and at the end of the kitchen is a counter that sticks out to separate the kitchen from the living room. That used to be the dinning room but I switched the living room and dinning room. At first I wanted to take this counter out but after making bread in this kitchen I decided I needed this counter and the cabinet that is under this counter that was unusable turned out to be the best place to keep the booze. When someone wants a drink they don’t have any trouble getting into that cabinet so it works out just fine.

Just on the otherside of this counter is the living room and I use the right wing of my entertainment center to put many of my canisters, my extra wine, and some can goods. They are handy to the kitchen for food prepping and doesn’t look out of place at all. I keep rearranging my kitchen so that I have things handy as I work. I think I have it mostly set now but we will see. I am doing Thanksgiving this year and will have somewhere between ten and twenty people here so I’ll see if I can organize the cooking enough to make it look easy on Thanksgiving day. Everyone that comes will have to bring their own chair as I only have ten chairs. I have invited the family and my neigbors. I want any one who doesn’t have family to come and join us. I have the dinning room, the living room, the screened in porch and the patio as well as the craft room where I will set up the food and have everyone serve themselves. I think I will have enough room no matter how many show up. Now all I will need is plenty of food!!

Just around the corner from the kitchen is the dinning room with enough room for a large table and shelves and freezer against the wall.
Along the wall of the kitchen is the freezer and my hutch that I have had since our first condo in Peterborough. I put my dishes in here and my linens for the table. Jen has a six foot book case for me that I will put against this wall also.

This is the corner where I will put one tall bookcase. The back wall has a pinup lamp and the only window in this room. I will put another of the tall book cases on the other side of that window. I am not sure what I will put on these shelves yet but will have no trouble fill them I am sure.

This is the other side of the window. This book case will be moved to the craft room and all the puzzles with it. The third wall is mostly slider to the craft room. It gives me nice light in the dinning room but I have almost no wall space on this wall and the fourth side of the room is open to the end of the living room that can be used as dinning room if it is needed and is living room normal.

This is the third wall of the dinning room. Between the two sliders is a very small wall but just large enough for my Eufy, which is my robot vacuum cleaner. It needs a three foot semicircle around it for it to work right and this gives me just the right amount of space for it and yet not large enough for any thing else. She has programed herself and each day at 6:15pm she turns herself on and goes all around the whole house and cleans the floors. I never have to sweep the floor or vacuum the rugs. She takes care of it all and does a beautiful job. I do have to pick up the dogs water dish as she tips that over and makes a mess as she is not supposed to get into anything wet. I have to make sure there are no cords hanging down as she gets tangled up in those and hangs herself and I have to block her from going under the sleep sofa and sink as there is not enough room under those and she gets stuck. Other than that she can go everywhere, under the bed, under the book cases and into every corner. After two hours of running around the house her battery get low and she goes back to her home and plugs her self into her power source and stays there until the next day. Otis is not too happy with her as Eufy thinks he is a dust maker and follows him around and bothers him unless he stays with on his bed where she can’t get to him. I do have to empty his dust bin every day as she can always find dust and dog hair enough to fill the dust bin every day.

Just a last note, I want to show you my lunch the day I took these pictures. I have lettuce and beet greens from my garden. You can take the girl off the farm but you never get the farm out of the girl!!
I guess that takes care of my kitchen and working area. Next time I’ll show you the bed rooms. Have a good day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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