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Saturday, September 28, 2013

BITS and BOBS of a GALLEY KITCHEN

 Hi, all....
here it is...about time to start another week....
the first week  of OCTOBER.
HOOOOLY COW....
how come this year completely skipped the month of SEPTEMBER...???

Whaaat ????
We DID have September....well.....it must have been the fastest moving September of all time.

We've really worked at this moving thing....
We had NO idea it would take us a year to get moved....
we thought the olden house would sell quicker than ....
let's see.....
it was on the market 7 months before it sold....
(AND...if these people that are in contract with us don't sell THEIR house
by December 3rd....the whole deal will be OFF.)
Oh, Lordy....please pray for us....!!


We are almost finished with the little closet that will house our stackable  washer and dryer.... Once we get the washer out of the middle of the floor, we can begin to move our furniture in....

Hoping to do that this coming week....

We are sooo ready to SLEEP there....WAKE up there...
LIVE there !!

Being desperate to have a little LAW AND ORDER, when I'm not needed to help Mr. Sweet in the building, I am unpacking and putting things away. I've made quite a dent in the amount of stacked boxes...
I am beginning to see that infamous LIGHT.

So many things I can't put away until our furniture is there....hutches and etc....

I wanted to share with you a few bits and bobs about the kitchen that I am so in love with.


I am sooo in love with this awesome tile back splash...
and the faucet....OMYGOODNESS....amazing...
I even like the light switches.....:)


 and.....this stove is the ONE IN MY DREAMS...
Gas...
5 burners
stainless....

I took down all those little tiny COMMAND hooks...
not liking the looks of those....
I wonder what in the world they could have hung on so MANY ??

I'm not one to hang a lot on the walls of my kitchen...
a nice drawer is right behind me when I'm standing at the stove
that holds all my hot pads and cup towels.

This is such a dream kitchen...


 The island is HUGE....and wonderful !!


roll out drawers for pots and pans...
a large lazy susan in the corner cabinet which pulls out for easy access...
twin trash bins that pull out....


I can't get a lot of work done due to the fact that I stand at these doors and
 stare at that awesome pool and hot tub...
I'm just not used to a POOL right outside my door.



One day while we were working,
we got the nicest little rain...


Loved seeing rain drops falling in the swimming pool....
















ISN'T THIS A BEAUTY IN RED !

While unloading a box at the Goodwill truck the other day, a woman drove up beside me and I spied this bright red, heavy cast iron GUM BALL MACHINE in the back of her car.

I asked her if I could buy it since she was  giving it to Goodwill but she gave it to me instead.

I had one when our grands were little but one of the boys knocked it over and the glass part hit the brick of the fireplace.

Now.....
I just need to buy some gum balls.

I'm looking for some of those special
kinds....flavored and yummy. 



Back to the kitchen.....


I am just unpacking and placing things around,
letting them 'fall where they may' for the time being.

The right time will happen when, all at once,
as if wiggling my nose,
every thing will be in it's proper place....

I still have a box of things like  my canister set...
coffee maker....
all the things that we've had to use right up to the last minute of moving.

This kitchen counter will have a new look every few days, I'm sure...
altho,
I just have 2 more boxes with dishes to unpack .
YAY



I adore the long, wide ISLAND that separates the galley kitchen from the dining area.
On the kitchen side, there's drawers and doors and storage, O MY.
O, yeah....I've already told you that...

I am just so excited to have such an efficient, new kitchen...with such  pretty
cabinets, counter tops, beautiful stove and microwave.... 

I am not sure what the beautiful, black, reflective counter top is,
but I have started a STRONG LOVE AFFAIR with it.
It is PURE CLASS  !!

The above shows what I have placed on it for now....
I'm sure things might chance with the opening of the next box....:)

I hope all is well in YOUR world....
I'll be showing you more of MINE soon...

The DINING AREA  is finished and may I just say....
o, honey !

I hope we can convince our son and daughter in law how much we love and appreciate
this marvelous gift of our new home.

We are going to be so comfortable and happy there, I can't even find words !!


39 comments:

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i really love your kitchen decor & the pool. but we have got to talk about the gum ball machine, please! that is freakin' awesome. i have always wanted one of those. did i mention that is SUPER COOL!! ( :

Becky said...

HI everything is just so lovely. I am so excited and happy for you. I will keep you all in my prayers for the family's house to sell quickly so they can get yours.
I have that same gumball machine in blue. We got it when the kids were little now the brands enjoy it. I use it for gumball,m&m' s,shuttles. Anything that will fit we have done.
Can't wait to have the tour when you get all set up. I'm sure your son and dil know how thrilled and appreciative you are of your new home. I know they are happy they must be that you are so close. Goodnight. God bless you BJ. Blessings, Becky

Adrienne said...

I am SO happy for you! To finally be moving in is a wonderful thing. I love what you've shown us and I can't wait to see more!
~Adrienne~

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Your new kitchen is so lovely, isn't it amazing how excited we get over shiny appliances and especially counters and chrome, I sure wish I had new counter tops, just can't decide dark or light...can't wait to see the dining room, I am as excited as you are...he he he...Phyllis

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm glad you're getting settled into the new house BJ! I hope the perfect buyers come along for the other couple and that you can be 100% in your new home soon:@)

bj said...

BECKY...Hope u come back and see this...
There's a NO REPLY in your address so I can't email you.
Thanks so much for the comment...and for the good wishes.
Think I'll try M&M's in my new gum ball machine...:))
love, bj

Theresa said...

Beautiful, everything is JUST beautiful:) I am SO happy for you and I will help you pray that the sale goes thru without a hitch! Have a blessed Sunday dear BJ, HUGS!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I do hope that your sale goes through very soon. Your new place looks just perfect! If only I could look out of my window and see a swimming pool xx

Beverly said...

BJ, BJ, BJ. I am so excited for you that I could bust my buttons. I know you are going to put your special touch on it, and it will be gorgeous.

Bev said...

I am so thrilled for you! Imagine a brand new start in this beautiful home. Oh my! Love love love your enthusiasm for life.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

What a dream kitchen!!! And that pool!! Whoa.

That gumball machine...I had one and gave MINE away to a thrift store drop box ...wish I woulda known you wanted one...that way, you could now have two!! :o)

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

That really is a dream kitchen! Congrats on the move, I know it can be very exhausting we've done it a few times.

W. Latane Barton said...

Can I come live with you????

That house is amazing. I know you are going to love it.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

What a wonderful kitchen BJ. It is looking great with all of your touches.

Barbara F. said...

Beej, your new place is gorgeous!!! And the pool, wow!!! I am sending all the positive thoughts and prayers I can to you so that things go through smoothly on the sale. I love the red gum ball machine. xo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it is all so pretty and I can see why you love it. Such a gorgeous kitchen. Love all of your decor so far too. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

Madeline's Album said...

Love the kitchen bj. I have you in my prayers every night. Hope all goes well with the sale of your old house. Have a blessed day. Madeline

LV said...

Take a few minutes to relax so you can enjoy your home when all is said and done. I feel for you as moving is just no fun. In the long run, it will all be worthwhile. Homes are really selling around here. Hope that happens in your case. Take care my friend.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh BJ, I am so happy for you that you are moving into your new home. It's been a long wait for you. I wish you much happiness in your new home and before you know it - everything will be in place.
God Bless your new home.
Mary

Susan K said...

Oh BJ your new kitchen is beautiful! And so much storage too! When I said in my original email to you that we have a lot in common I don't think i realized just how much...your tile back splash is just like what we had installed in our kitchen earlier this year, and the countertop looks like ours as well...and of course I LOVE your black and white checks! I will email you a few pictures of our kitchen/dining area so you can see what I'm talking about (since I don't have a blog). Will be praying for a quick sale for the couple's house who is under contract for your home. You have a wonderful son and daughter-in-law and I'm sure they already know how much you love and appreciate your beautiful new home. Isn't family the best!! Hugs, Suzy from PA

Stacey said...

BJ, it looks just wonderful! With your goodies in there it is starting to look like home.

So glad y'all got rain....we did too. :)

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

BJ,
It looks lovely! It will be wonderful to have everything finally in its place.

bj said...

Dear SUSAN K.
Your email address shows me a NO REPLY and I can't remember your address. SOOO SORRY...!
Thanks so much for your comment..I sure do hope you come back by because I so want to see your photos of your kitchen.
If you leave another comment, since you aren't a blogger, please put your email address in the comment.
Thanks again !!

Kathleen Grace said...

I am so glad you are having fun moving in. I just know you are going to have endless fun with a whole new, beautiful home to do your decorating magic in:>) Thanks for the peek into the kitchen, it's gorgeous!

Audrey said...

Oh bj ... I am so excited for you and Mr. Sweet. You will be so happy to be near you son,DIL and of course the grands!

Wishing 'no hitches' in the sale.
The house is lovely and you will have so much fun decorating it. Your things will look so different in the new house.
Blessings,
Audrey Z . @ Timeless Treasures

Susan K said...

So sorry BJ, I didn't realize my email was set like that (now you know why i don't blog...wouldn't have a clue how to do it! LOL) here is my email address - wkohr@comcast.net - will send thise pics this week.
Suzy from PA

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I love it....and I just cannot wait until you get all settled. Moving is HARD work! I don't ever want to do it again....

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

bj, it's all just wonderful, Sweetheart! I am so happy for you. My children are very close by so I don't worry..in that way I am fine, but, I don't have a pool.
I had one in my last home and it was so nice. You are going to enjoy that pool so much! AND being right there with your son and his family is going to be so nice. Enjoy!

Lavender Cottage said...

What a gorgeous home bj, and a pool at your fingertips. You must think you've died and gone to heaven. Enjoy it all, we only live once.
Judith

Vee said...

It is wonderful! I imagine that your son and daughter-in-law are thrilled to be able to give you this lovely home. They are blessed and you and Mr. Sweet are, too. Win-win! You'll have that place looking like home in no time. I loved the story of the gum ball machine.

plainjane said...

BJ..I'm so excited for you that I'm smiling ear to ear!
You've done such a beautiful job setting up your AMAZING kitchen!
I will be keeping those prayers going for you on the sale of your buyer's home. I'm sure your Son & DIL know how appreciative you are by just looking at your beaming face!
Look forward to seeing more as you go along.
Blessings to you.
Janie

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh m y GOLLY, lady- your kitchen, that pool and hot tub, all your accents and appliances and artwork and bobs and gizmos are AWESOME!

BJ, I am so so happy for you both.

This is going to be such a treat to watch you design and decorate your awesome new space.

I am praying for the house deal - all of Oct and Nov - it's gotta happen!

Hugs.

Maureen Wyatt said...

How exciting to have a shiny new kitchen to set up and enjoy. My fingers are crossed that your deal goes through without a hitch!

eileeninmd said...

Your new kitchen is gorgeous, I love the tiles and granite. And the stove is wonderful. Keeping my fingers crossed all goes well with your deal. Have a happy week ahead!

Brandy M. said...

Oh I LOVE the gum ball machine and am so jealous! I have wanted one of those for years but never run across one I can afford at the moment. The grand babies will love it!

Rettabug said...

What wonderful new spaces you now have, BJ...you're going to have so much fun decorating & rearranging things in it.
May you & Mr. Sweet have many, many happy, HEALTHY years there together!

I'll say a prayer that your buyer's home sells quickly so that they can finalize your deal with them.

Hugs,
Rett

MyJourneyBack said...

Hi BJ I noticed you started following me. I have been gone off and on for a couple months. Yes the year has flown by. I enjoyed your little kitchen tour today. We are moving soon my new kitchen is similar in layout I don't get the fancy smancy 5 burners though. Your Blessed. And you Bless. I always enjoy visiting you. Your photography is beautiful. Oh I love your new look too!
Thanks so much for following me.
I hope you get a smile and a little encouragement when you come by.
Have a beautiful week,
Sherry

From the Kitchen said...

BJ: If the contract on your house is contingent on the buyers selling their house, your house should still be on the market but stating that you have a contingent offer. If a firm offer comes in, the first buyers would have a certain number of hours (usually 48) to say they would take the house anyway.

The first house we sold in Lubbock had a buyer knock on the door (it wasn't even on the market) and ask if we'd be willing to sell. The price was right and we did. The second house was listed when the interest rates were sky high We had a buyer right away and held a second mortgage for them for a year.

Hope all works out for you!

Best,
Bonnie

Carol said...

Your new kitchen is fabulous! I'm in love with your counters & red cabinet doors.

Smiles,
Carol