Category Archives: counter tops

Day 16 – The Island

If you haven’t noticed, there are no pictures of a stove top in any of my previous kitchen related posts.  That’s because I have built in double ovens (LOVE THEM!) and a kitchen island with a built in stove top.  I like having my stove top on the island, I just wish the island was bigger than it is.  Some day I will replace the counter top with a much larger one so there is much more space on the island than there is now.

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A complete mess! I have some things on there that I have been “dancing around” for a while…  Not anymore!

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That’s better, nice and clean!  See that Italian cookbook?  I really want to make some of the recipes in there!  Maybe soon, now that it isn’t burried any longer.

Don’t be fooled, though.  the stack of papers and books that were on the left, and the tray with stuff in it on the right… they were just relocated to the Den, where I will take on the task of going through all that stuff, shredding sensitive papers and recycling what I can, putting stuff on the tray in its proper place, or throwing it away…

Happy Cleaning!

Day 15 – YES, The Microwave is GONE!

Yesterday I didn’t get a chance to post here.  It was a busy day.  Work 8 – 3, cleansing another kitchen counter top, 3 – 6 (which included a trip to the hardware store to pick up caulk for the kitchen counters), re-caulking all around the counter that I cleaned the last couple of days, and then re-caulking the third counter top area that I cleaned up yesterday; then off to dinner with friends that were in town from New York, New York.

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Yes, the microwave is GONE!  About a month and a half ago, thanks to the inspiration of my friend Pai, I decided to see if I could cook without the use of my microwave oven (which happens to be from the 80’s – my first microwave my parents purchased for me when I had my first appartment).  It still works really well, actually, but after reading how microwaving food alters its molecular structure, I decided to see if I could really live without it.  You know what – I can!  Of course, I will miss the microwave popcorn, but I know how to make it on the stove top with a covered pot, so all is good.  🙂

I am also really excited to FINALLY have my key holder hanging on the wall!  It only took 15 years… The holder was a gift from a friend at my old employer Liberty Mutual, she gave it to me as a house-warming gift, but the eye on the back to hang it on the wall fell off.  Yesterday I finally got it replaced.  🙂

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No more keys laying who-knows-where around the house… as long as I get in the habit of actually hanging them where they belong!

Day 14 continued…

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( picture from previous post)

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Can you name the items missing?

I can’t really say I had a lot of energy tonight…I didn’t get to the pile of papers.and stuff to sort through for shredding and recycling tonight.  😦

I did work on a second section of the counter top, though.  I am also decided to re-caulk where the counter and backsplash meet…the current caulk is old and cracking in places, so I spent a lot of time taking off the old caulk.  I will re-caulk tomorrow.

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Feeling a sense of accomplishment today.  🙂

Day 14 – kitchen counter #1

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Before picture above.

Doesn’t look too bad, right?  Um, ok, so I already moved a pile of papers I had over there… They are my project for this evening to sort through, shred what needs that and recycle what is just junk mail.  The two piles of stuff still there get sorted tonight as well.

There are also a couple of bottles that are empty that I was refilling from a large container of olive oil…those are off to the recycle bin.

I’m trying to decide if I should keep the bread maker or get rid of it.  It was a gift from my mom and dad ( read sentimental value).  I do use it, just not as often as I probably could/should seeing how much o love to cook/bake… 

I do use all the other appliances on the counter, so they will get a cleaning and stay.

The counter is corrion (sp?) And has a couple scratches in it that have been there since I bought the house.  I will pull out a piece of sandpaper tonight and buff those out.  That will finally get rid of the nagging in my head to do something about them.  🙂

Happy Monday Everyone!