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Clean the kitchen

Many say the kitchen is the heart of the home. 

The small size and long layout of our home make it all the heart of the home.  We use every bit of it as much as we use the kitchen.

But physically, our kitchen is the heart of the home.  It is smack dab in the middle.  it separates the front from the back, the living from the dining.

Looking back, it amazes me where it started. 

Believe it or not, our kitchen started out right there through that doorway you see above.

We tore out cabinets, a commercial sink, a wall, sheetrock. 

And let's just be real...when I say we, I mean Ronnie, my brother and/or my nephew. 

I DID do some demo and work in general, but only in spurts of 2-5 minutes once or twice a week.

Yes!  The thought, "what a great place for a cute little kitchen" went through my head.  Actually, I think what went through my head was, "how are we ever gonna be able to complete this project?  Our funds are limited (understatement), we are all old and creaky(understatement to the nth degree) ...dear, sweet Jesus, please help us."

Thankfully, we were able to transform it from that to this:

That is pretty much what we still have, minus the wood floor.  We had a terrible leak in the bathroom, so out they came.

That concludes our little trip down memory lane and leads us to the meat of this post.

I have a question for anyone out in the blogosphere that might be reading this post. 

And should there be anybody reading it, which square space metrics indicates that if anyone reads, it is generally family or a few close friends, (I digress) please tell me the truth to the question.

  My sanity may depend on it.

Does your kitchen ever look like this:

Let me just tell you what all is on that limited space counter. 

Shall we begin on the left?  Here goes...a bag of whole organic coffee beans, a glass and a bowl, Pledge, the coffee grinder, the internal component to our vacuum cleaner, a measuring cup, the outside component to the vacuum cleaner, sea salt, almond butter and a dirty stove top. 

It is a result of having a small kitchen.  A little bit of it has to do with the fact that I am a mess.  Yes, I can admit it. 

Why do I have the vacuum cleaner components scattered every where?  Ha!  I clearly recall moving from one task to another with no rhyme or reason. 

Thankfully, it only took about an hour to get it looking like this again:

We are considering tearing down the wall over the sink with this next round of work we have planned.  If we do, though, it will be the last of several upcoming projects.

As I wrote this post I made some Chili.  Therefore, who can guess what I will be doing next?

Yep...cleaning the kitchen :)

Stained wood and a renovation time line

The good ol' days...are today