Sunday night late I cleared the counters for the tile install, piling most of the stuff on the island.  I turned the lights out on my way to bed but forgot the under cabinet lights.  I took a picture.We went with plain tiles nearly the color of the painted walls.  The green rosettes are plastic spacers that help keep the tiles from shifting.  I don’t think they would fall off the wall but the grout gaps might close up some.They’re finishing up above the range hood.  They ran the tile right up to the ceiling.  They grouted between the tiles and cleaned it up pretty well and then left it there for the day.  They wanted to come back in the morning when everything was set before rubbing the shine back into the walls lest they move anything out of line.Having fun now!  I’m trying to season this stainless griddle and am making plenty of smoke.  It was a good trial run for the range hood.  The smoke alarm didn’t go off but there was a bit a haze in the kitchen so I opened the windows.  You think that’s a griddle?Now that’s a griddle!  It covers four burners, I fired them up but the burners weren’t drawing air very well and I fretted that I wouldn’t be able to use it but the burner grates all flip over accommodate round bottom woks and when turned over they elevated the griddle an extra inch or so and everything worked just fine.This has been a go to for us lately. The kimchi is growing on me, I think I need to buy another head of Napa cabbage to keep it going.Mmm… chicken noodle soup. I was called out for putting broccoli in there but I wasn’t having any of that.Gabe is tuckered out. We’ve had a kitchen full of people for a month and a half and he’s a nervous wreck. The kittehs are still hiding under the couch. The remodel is very nearly complete – there are a few handles still on order and then we will be settling up with the contractor.
We are pleased with their professionalism and are happy with the result.



Yay! The major appliances have arrived.  Not sure when the plumber will be here to hook up the gas to the stove and water to the fridge.The fridge even has a coffee maker in the door, an attachment holds a coffee pod that uses hot water from a dispenser in the door.  Not sure if it will be useful or just a gimmick.Unloading the stove.  It’s a 36 inch dual fuel range – electric oven and gas burners at the top.  We’re installing a range hood for it that will exhaust through a vent in the roof.  I hope it gives the smoke alarm a rest.  The installer is in the  attic  space as I type this.Meanwhile in the basement, the electric skillet is getting a workout.  I used it as a slow cooker for these pork chops.  Browned them then reduced the heat.  Lots of onions and a jalapeno..followed by a little bbq sauce and a couple of cans of pinto beans along with various seasonings.Mostly our meals are simple sammiches or one pot meals.  Soups and stews, grilled cheese, chili, etc.I made a big pot of Italian beef and smoked a pork shoulder to freeze and thaw as needed.  Made up a lot of sides but those are mostly gone now.  Kroger sells a pretty good potato salad.Breakfast for dinner is still a popular option.Bitsy checks out some sushi grade tuna on one of the Youtube foodie episodes.  The cats are freaked out by all the commotion.  Ginger Boy spends the day under the couch with Ollie.  Gabe is a happy puppeh with all the new people to greet.

Scout Recovering Nicely

What do you mean I have to move, I just had surgery, remember?

A week out and she’s doing great from her spay. It was quite hectic here for a while – foster puppy and Scout’s surgery. Luckily, we are all almost back to normal.

I did hear from Baby’s forever family and he is doing well, claimed his spot on the couch, loves his new brother dog and is turning into the goofy boy I knew he would.


Coming Along

The drywall is up and painted, the underlayment is down  and ready for the flooring to go in.  I’m not sure what is next but we are getting close to setting the cabinets.Meanwhile we are eating easy food.  I made a pot of chili one day and had the leftovers on hot dogs the next.Bonus kittehs!  Ginger Boy and Ollie tussling.

Baby, Baby, Baby: Transformation


Look at this face:

He had his vet visit yesterday and his bloodwork came back today. He’s a-okay! And we are all guessing he’s about four. For what he’s been through, he’s a very healthy 100 lbs.

The past week has brought to light many things, and first and foremost, before he was neglected, Baby was definitely loved.  Continue reading