I was just emptying the dishwasher and one has time to think while doing this mundane chore. And I chose not to think deep thoughts but instead started thinking about kitchen facts. My kitchen(s) to be exact.
0) our first kitchen together was in a walk up flat in Boston. Old apartment building from the Boston mill area (no - not a fancy loft - these were the workers cold water flats - really nasty). We wanted to "fix it up" so we wallpapered the floor! Lot's of polyurethane and we had a new floor. It held up well and looked better than the 20 year old linoleum. The stove had a heater on one side, which is how we heated the back half of the house. If you got really cold you could stand over the stove with your hands over the heater and feel warm. Good thing we were young. No dishwasher in this house, only a tiny cast iron sink.
1) In Stow, we lived in an old house for over 20 years - it was built in 1795 and the kitchen "upgraded" in the "60's sometime. It had awful - truly awful knotty pine cabinets. I kept the cracks in the cabinets stuffed with steel wool to keep the mice out. It was a big kitchen - maybe 15x15 feet but only had about 2 sq feet of counter space. We wanted to redo it, but always put it last on the list because it was so much money.
2) I had no dishwasher in that old house and didn't want one, so for 20 years I washed dishes while all my friends thought I was crazy. I actually liked washing dishes and remembered hating to empty the dishwasher when I was a kid. We finally gave in and took Mom's old dishwasher and installed it so that it would be easier to sell the house. I still washed by hand. The microwave was an old one that was an oven also. But if I turned on the oven part, the fuses blew - so I never used it.
3) That old kitchen was so huge that we had a corner for sitting and reading, with a comfy chair. No fireplace but all the windows faced south and it was sunny all day. We needed the sun because all the windows in the house were single pane and cold as ice.
4) I cooked alot in that kitchen - you could be as messy as you'd like since it never showed.
So what I remember about that kitchen is: lousy kitchen space, terrible design, cold, great place to read, sunny, great hanging out space.
4) New kitchen - has all the latest and greatest amenities. Dishwasher and microwave and cooktop and stove. Maple cabinets and tons of storage space. Huge 'fridge. TV cabinet and an actual walk in pantry.
5) New kitchen is/was SO clean that I was scared to cook. Took me a long time to get up the nerve to make a mess in that kitchen.
6) no reading space in new kitchen which is too bad.
7) Dishwasher is now used all the time. I am hooked now on how clean it gets everything. I still sort of "wash" the dishes and then put them in this contraption and let them get really clean. I still hate emptying it out but it's less of a chore now that I enjoy the uber-clean dishes.
8) I finally figured out that this kitchen is easy to work in, and easy to clean and efficient. I have space for everything. The floors are tile and the counter tops are granite. Its so easy to be in that I forget how nice it is - does that make any sense?
It occurs to me that when things are tough and old I spend a lot of time figuring out how to make them better, but when things are just about perfect, I file them and don't think about them any more.
Perhaps this is a message to myself. Yes...I think it is. Enjoy the good. Relish the just-about-perfect. Don't look for things to fix. Enjoy the now. Enjoy and treasure what I have, who I am with, my friends, family, house.....
Let me know what you think about this