Monday, December 11, 2017

I Prefer my Snowmen Indoors

They are predicting up to three inches of snow today (they are never right, so who knows).  I prefer all my snow creatures to be inside the house.  Here are a few.



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - All Aboard the Polar Express

The Polar Express


Getting ready to board
Wow!
Mrs. Claus
Santa
Waiting to take us back to reality

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Day After the Feast

Whew!  It must be old age.  Every year it seems it takes me longer to do less cooking.  Or, perhaps I have just learned how to space everything out so that it seems longer.  All the prep work.  I definitely need a shopper and a sous chef.  Anyway, I enjoyed the meal and I hope everyone else did too.

Recently, I have been looking at new construction in my area and all the homes and condos have the very much desired 'open floor plan'.  Now, I too have an open floor plan, but my kitchen is back in the corner and while it is visible from the front entry, it is not visible from the living areas, if that makes sense.  So, I took some photos of my home before and after the meal. 

Here is my view as I sit and eat:
And here is the view from the other end of the table:
That wall in the above photo separates the dining room from the kitchen.  I was told by a rep at one of the homes that no one wants a formal dining room anymore and that the china cabinet, which would have no place to go in the new home, was not something anyone used anymore either. 

Now imagine that the wall disappears.  My view stays the same.  Everyone else?  Well, behind the wall is the stovetop:
Doesn't look too bad cause the pans are already in the dishwasher.  (and yes, that is a TARDIS cookie jar) On the other counter is this:
I forgot to take a photo of the peninsula with all the hot food.  Now, I ask you:  'Would you want to look at this mess while you eat?'

I just do not get the fascination with a large open area with the TV, furniture for lounging, kitchen, a dining table and of course, the fireplace all in one room.  Who are these super neat cooks?   Or do they just order pizza?

I think I will keep my galley kitchen and peninsula.  Yes, you can't have everyone helping in the kitchen, but that has never been my problem, lol.  It is bad enough to know that you have to finish eating and then put leftovers in the fridge and do the dishes without having to look at the mess while you are eating.  OTOH, if it is only a pizza box....
Too much food?