While there is a snow/ice storm occurring outside that seems significantly worse than what was forecasted, I'm waiting inside for Hubby to safely bring home the children from their early dismissal from school. I've got nervous energy from the stress of roads being closed, worry for all the families and buses out there driving their kiddos home, and too much coffee this morning, so I decided to blog to get my mind off my concerns for awhile.
We finally managed to get absolutely everything except the wood/coal stove out of our kitchen on Sunday. It looks like an empty house that's on the real estate market. Well, it did before the contractor's crew began working on it yesterday morning. Now I keep the doors to the kitchen closed and try to stay out of their way all day. We do take a peek at night though to see the magic they have worked. The day we cleared the last of everything out and wiped down the last of the cobwebs and dust (and there was an awful lot of both), our 7 year-old daughter put on her most beautiful princess dress, broke out the classical music, and danced her little heart out in the middle of that big, empty kitchen floor. It was her own personal ballroom until her brothers came running in, loving the way their voices echoed in there. Once the work began, however, all children have been banned from the kitchen, as well as all animals.
We have decided to look at this temporary change in our lives as an adventure as our big family lives without a kitchen, which happens to be the largest room in this house. Everything that we would absolutely need, and everything that I was afraid might break, got placed in our dining room/multi-purpose room. That room already had much going on in it: instrumental practice, homework, Internet browsing, game playing, video watching, and roughhousing. Now the kitchen table and refrigerator are in there, along with much, much more.
We look like we are hoarders now. Every inch of space in that room is filled with boxes and bags of stuff that had been located in the drawers, cupboards, and counter tops of our kitchen. We're having to come up with creative dinners that only require a microwave, toaster, or crockpot. I'm still working on that. Any dishwashing that needs to be done has to happen in one of the bathroom sinks, so there's a lot of paper plate use, I'm afraid. Yesterday morning was the first school and work morning that the kitchen was off limits, and it was rather chaotic. My husband couldn't find what he needed for work; our middle school son forgot his PE uniform; people were tripping over each other in that very cluttered space; and our youngest dropped and spilled half a quart of juice. It was a mess. But we are adjusting, and I'm happy to report that this morning went much smoother.
But I do tend to forget that we have the stove and dry sink stashed in the hallway, and I run into it nearly every time I round the corner with a full basket of laundry on my way down to the basement, which is where the washing machine is located in this old house (another thing I'd like to change.) The past few days have really reinforced how much I never want to move again. If simply packing up the contents of one room to temporarily move into the next was a lot of work, I can't imagine having to pack up and move everything we've accumulated over the past ten years and moving it hundreds of miles away. Been there and done that and hope to never have to do it again. I'm grateful that this temporary situation is minor and of our choosing, and is leading to something we're all excited about (well, mostly I'm the excited one.)
I have every confidence that in a couple more days, we will have all adjusted to our new surroundings and be as relaxed and well-adapted as this guy---whose only issue seems to be that he has to eat in the hallway now instead of the kitchen.
And what do you know? I see that the snow has stopped just as I come to the end of this post. Have a great week, All.