Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kitchen Confidential

Oh, we don't ever truly know how much stuff we have until we have to unpack a kitchen. Dishes and kitchen decor items are one of my favorite things to collect and let me tell you, I've collected.  I've been working on unpacking boxes the past few days and I'm in the "hot mess" stage right now - which means that I'm covered in newspaper ink, too tired to get up on that step-stool and honestly, confused as to why I own so many pots when I only have four stove eyes.



What you can't see is the room full of packed boxes behind you. 

I've been considerably taxed with it all but thankfully, before the renovation started, I predicted that I wouldn't have the energy to start from scratch with where things go - so I took photos of every single cabinet and shelf. In the end, this served a dual purpose because honestly, it all took so long to get done that I couldn't even remember where it all went anymore!


Here I am recreating the old shelf displays. Am I neurotic or what

On Sunday night, we planned to have our first full meal in the kitchen in two months. The lasagna was ready to go into the oven and the fresh garlic bread and salad were waiting in the wings. We were stoked! Mister Kitsch turned on the oven and all of a sudden, lights came on that shouldn't have come on. Then we smelled this really strong electrical fire smell coming from the control panel of the oven.

 I quickly ran to the fusebox and turned the power to the stove off. We still don't know where the smell was coming from but can't use the stove until we can get a repair person over on Friday to tell us if the dear old thing can be saved.  Oh let me tell you...we were sooooo sad. The Mister wandered off and had a salad and there was more delivery pizza in store for me. 

Sometimes, it feels like our kitchen has become possessed. Did I bring home a haunted Pyrex bowl at some point? Did the floor guy that we forced out of our home leave a voodoo curse in his wake? Will we ever have a functioning kitchen again? Who the heck knows... but I'm trying to keep my wits about me. Once again, the huge googly eyes that my friend Joan gave to me came in handy. I added a giant cardboard mouth and took my leave. 

Pip seems to want to help poor old Mr. Stove but just doesn't know how. 

Neither do I, Pipster.  Neither do I. 



Until next time,
x's and o's,
Eartha






15 comments:

Natalie at Chadwell Chonicles said...

Sad day!

Good to know I am not the only who takes photos of the way things were so I can remember what they looked like. When we painted our big built in bookshelf, I took photos of every shelf so I would know where all the books/knick-knacks belonged. It's totally a normal thing to do. At least that's what we can keep telling ourselves. ;)

hourglass susie said...

Oh geez...that stove is simultaneously the funniest/saddest pic I've seen in a while. Fingers crossed...I hope this is that *last* nutty kitchen disaster you have to deal with.

cheshirecat666 said...

I do the same thing,I take photo of every little spot in my Xmas decor so I don't have to use my brain. Who wants to think while you're trying to decorate and listen to Andy Williams??

Trina44 said...

Bummer, when I unpacked my kitchen it took me a good week to get everything in there. Then we are going to completely gut out kitchen in the next couple of years, so I will going through that all over again.

DearHelenHartman said...

Poor Mr Stove! I have no clue where things are supposed to go and if I took a picture it would be to remind me of where I put stuff... hey that's a good idea! Hope it's all settled soon because I want to sneak into your house and steal those catalogs and I don't want to trip over boxes when I do.

Jen said...

That is such a bummer. On the upside, you were right, that platter you got ties in the red perfectly!

Laura said...

Rats. Rats and rats again. I though this was the happy ending post. Your beautiful stove!! I hope this isn't the last lasagna for it, after all. I hope the repair person delivers good news!

Dana@Mid2Mod said...

I think taking pictures of your displays was genius...and I'm so sorry about Mr. Stove. That's about the last thing you need to happen right now.

One Girl said...

Bless. Your. Heart. You deserve a medal for not burning down your neighborhood.

Pip! He is so helpful!

Kimmie said...

1. I am obsessed with sad Mr. Stove and 2. your renovations love fab. BRAVO!

Lisa said...

Noooooooooo....! Not the stooooooooove! Good thoughts towards it just being a quick fix. I love that you did the reference photo thing-- I TOTALLY do that, because sometimes there's this nagging feeling after you re arrange that having it x way was better than y way, only you can't remember how! Taking pictures gives me a little insurance against me having to move everything a fourth and fifth time trying to recreate what it was to begin with!

Adrienne said...

I am so sorry to hear about the stove! Hopefully ir will be a quick fix, and you can finally have your kitchen back!

Adrienne
What Lola Wants

Sara In AZ said...

HA! I would totally take pics too!!!

SO totally glad your kitchen is FINALLY coming back together, but lord the stove now?!? Noooooooooooo.................

SusieQT said...

Hopefully since your stove is so old (like pre-circuit board old) it should be totally fixable. Just hope you can find a repairman that knows how to fix it instead of telling you to buy a new one!

Jen said...

Oh, how awful! :( :( :( Maybe the crappy "workmen" put a hex on you and the Mister? I think I'd have cried had that happened to me.

Love the floor—it is GORGEOUS.

And I took pictures of my cabinets, too, in the last place... *blush*