Sunday, August 17, 2008

Where I Stand Sunday

Tethered in space,
no countertops or electricity for the coffeepot,
no sink for the dirty dishes we make,
items in boxes scattered hither and yon.
Sore muscles, painful backs,
more to engineer
with every turn.
The do-it-yourselfer's creed.

We're on the last leg of the kitchen re-do. Started in late June. It has been painstaking and a huge undertaking - our second kitchen remodel in 8 years - OY! You can see the plaster for the old wainscoting and the wood for the chair rail that we have had to work around. We could have demo'd that and replaced it, that would have been a lot more work. We have worked around it, patching it and being careful with it as we go. When it's done, there will be no visual evidence of the 100 year old kitchen, except the floor. I think I will leave it the way it is, wooden and worn and kinda interesting. It's about the best kind of floor, when you have '3' four legged friends. Throw rugs are a blessing!
One more item, as we were demo-ing the old cabinets, we found, a fairly recent or at least very well preserved small snake carcass between the wall and the cabinets. Makes for interesting thoughts at bedtime.
"Where I Stand Sunday" is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places spend my life standing.
Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on.

The ground we tread on has its own stories to tell.

P.S. We found one of these on the rock that is in our sump pump area. It is a "Barred Tiger Salamander", the state amphibian for Kansas. They like to eat bugs, frogs and small mice, likes damp wet places and can live up to 20 years. I think we will leave it to it's important task because it's in the right place! I will try to get a photo of it today if we go down in the cellar. Every once in awhile, I think of changing the title of this blog or beginning another one named "Wild, Wild Kansas!"

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