Oh! I thought of something sort of funny.
When Rich was getting ready to make that ridiculous drive from Chicago to Florida with the cats, the guinea pig and all that other stuff, he had this strange idea that he could pause at rest stops along the way and "walk the cats." As though he would take them out on the median strip between 8 lanes of I-275 and they would obligingly pee and poop and stretch their limbs. Rich is not fundamentally a cat person, McCloud not withstanding.
So he figured all he had to do was teach them to, and I quote, "step into these nice harnesses I got at the pet store and then I snap on the leash like this and there!" This inspiration came to him sort of late in the day so he began his training program right as a dozen relatives showed up for Christmas. Rich may not have a clue on the psyche of a cat but he’s a "can do" sort of guy who rarely thinks the odds are stacked against him.
On day two of his training program (I was helping Sophie hide in the back of the closet so he had to start with McCloud) Abby took one look at this nonsense and said, "Rich, there’s a YouTube video you need to see." It’s called Pinky the Cat and here it is for you to see as well. This will probably make you laugh.
Back in my kitchen, here are some before and after pictures. This was a modest makeover as kitchens go but it seemed as though we should go ahead and make it more functional as long as we were doing the rest of the addition. I had them move the sink wall back 18 inches and that has made a world of difference. Before there were no cupboards; now I have ample storage in this efficient new kitchen space. New appliances were not in the budget so, other than the new microwave, I had to makedo with the older black and white ones. I tried to choose granite, cupboards, trim and details that would make that less obvious.
The Motawi tiles (from Ann Arbor!) are really wonderful and even with just 8 of them they lend a nice Craftsman feel to the kitchen. The rippled glass, rich granite and great hardware all help to spiff it up, yes?
The house is located in a neighborhood design review/historic area. The outdoor plans for the addition had to be in keeping with the original style, right down to the millwork on the new porch pillars. That was great from my perspective (a little tough on our builder at certain points) and as I finish pulling the project together and begin work on the yard it will be in keeping with the arts and crafts period.
Today I found some lovely garden urns that would fit in here nicely. Instead, I’m going to the Northeast Neighborhood monthly garden meeting tomorrow, in hopes of getting to know people who have some extra plants to spread around. A number of them have native yards and xeriscape so I think I’ll get some ideas. Things grow
like kudzu easily down here and I have all these left over cinder blocks so maybe if I arrange them artfully and plant stuff in them they’ll look like hell okay.
Speaking of nice finds, I’m going to tease you with the news that a dining room table and chairs fell my way, gratis, and as I was checking out how extensive the restoration would be, I found a signature on the bottom of the table…I guess that’s only a tease if you’re interested in furniture or famous architects , stuff like that. Otherwise, it’s just some chickafied prattle.