Monday, February 27, 2012

The good news is....

After exhausting multiple shopping trips, I found appliances that I love. The bad news is that the frig is too big for the space allotted for it in the kitchen. So, since Amana came to her senses and started working well again after the defrosting, we are going to leave it until we redo the kitchen in the fall.  I certainly hope that she lasts that long, because I really do not want to settle for anything less that the lovely appliances I saw!  So, onward and upward. We are planning on adding an entire wall of cabinets to the kitchen. Dare I hope that for the first time in my married life, all the food in the house will actually live in the kitchen? Wouldn't that be a novelty?  So, to work towards that goal, we are going to eat down our stores so we can repurpose the pantry units in the laundry room. There is so much to get rid of in this house!  Contemplating a move to smaller digs really makes you mentally put a sticker on the "chop" items!  'If you are not prepared to pay to move an item, why on earth are you hanging on to it now? ' is the question I repeatedly have asked myself over the last while.

So, now that that little drama is over, we move on to the next. The dryer repairman is coming tomorrow to visit.  Having never stayed in a house long enough to have appliance meltdowns, this is an entirely new learning experience for me!

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Cold War

Amana started it. She made a heartless attack on my produce.  Froze all of my fresh vegetables and fruit. To make a bad situation worse, she dumped a bucket of water on the kitchen floor, so now the battle begins. I am not going to stand for that nonsense. Stand? Well, maybe, but kneeling down to mop up water at three in the morning? Not a good thing. Shopping is not my fortè, so I am definitely not looking forward to the hunt for new appliances. Should we just replace the frig, or go for a package?  The stove and dishwasher still function, but for how long? Then there is the problem of what colour to buy. White? Black? Stainless? So many choices to make. In reality? I just want to have something that keeps the lettuce crispy and the milk fresh.  It is so easy to succumb to the siren call of the appliance section. My heart's desire would be a suite of restaurant style appliances, but I am not prepared to mortgage the house to buy them. Besides, they would just make the cupboards look really, really bad!

When considering any purchase, an article I read not long ago comes to mind. The author referred to things we keep in our homes for our "fantasy" lives.  I seem to do that a lot with all things related to kitchen and dining room. Dinner parties are a thing of the past since our recent health issues have come to the fore, so why do I have bone china services for twelve? When push comes to shove, we are more likely to dine 'out' than 'in' these days, if we want a special meal. Our regular menu features very quick, uncomplicated dishes, so we really do not require a large inventory of food in our pantry or our refrigerator. We definitely do not need a top of the line refrigerator with theater lighting, as impressive as that may seem in the store. What we do need is a counter depth unit, just to give us a little more clearance  in the kitchen, and a smaller capacity to suit our new lifestyle of "only us"!  I do have a tendency to fill the available space, so getting a smaller frig would be a good thing, just to reduce waste, and energy consumption.

So, basically, I need a smaller, reasonably priced frig, and a new evening dress!  It will be interesting to see what follows us home from the store this weekend!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Time to plan the week....

Since I am a little under the weather, I thought it best to plan the most minute activity this week. The man will be off on business, so  I will be on my own...the problem is that I am so dog tired that I could just sleep the whole time, non-stop. Maybe it is a reaction to all the stress, but more likely than not, I am anemic again. It sneaks up on me every couple of years - a course of iron supplements and things balance out again.  So, first on the list will be to hit the Dr's for blood tests, etc.  Much better to do it now, than to wait a month for my scheduled appointment.

Next on the list? Laundry.  Nuff said!
Basic cleaning, you know, dust, vacuum, polish mirrors, dump garbage, change the bed, do the bathrooms and kitchen.

The thing that is really bugging me these days? My dresser. Need to stop using it as a dumping ground for things I never use, and start utilizing the great storage spaces for things I use regularly.  Of course, the dresser purge will lead to a closet purge. Can't do that often enough, and it is just about spring. A good weed of the winter clothing will be a jump start to the spring chores!

Other than that? I have plans to go to a movie and lunch with my dear friend. Last time, we went to Puss and Boots. Not a good thing. It is hard to find a matinee for old people!

Now all that remains, is to plan my 'menu for one', and write it all down!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Well!  After being away from my kitchen for the first part of the month, I was really happy to make supper tonight.

I had some leftover crudités from our trip, so I steamed all the bits and pieces up for our supper. Along with a rotisserie chicken and some broiled asparagus, we had quite the feast. It was so easy! Of course, the icing on the cake was a good helping of chocolate covered blueberries that just jumped into our basket the last time we went to Costco.  Good grief, those people know how to sell me stuff!  There are very few treats I can honestly say I enjoy these days. Chocolate has pretty much lost it's appeal, and chips are just plain nauseating these days. So, the blueberries with their natural goodness fill the need for a treat, and still offer a dose of antioxidants!  YUMMY too!