In My (Temporary) Kitchen — for lack of a better description — is a mess! On November 11th an electrical fire swept through our home of nearly 7 years, leaving this in its wake:
Thankfully, The Man Of Few Words heard “crackling and popping” outside and poked his head out the door to see what it was. Flames were shooting out of the garage! Sensible soul that he is, he grabbed his phone and ran down the driveway dialing 911.
I, on the other hand, was playing piano for a Veteran’s Day tribute with visions of coming home to prepare a lovely anniversary dinner — steak and shrimp Scampi — yes, it was our wedding anniversary that day, too. Funny how “plans” (and life) can change so quickly.
On the plus side… we’re alive to tell the tale!
Our local fire department did a heroic job containing the blaze (despite 30 mile per hour north winds), and the Red Cross was on the scene before the flames flickered out. Tremendous folks, all of them!
(This may also help explain why I’ve been “offline” so much.)
Thank you for bearing with my sporadic silence… after I got my internet restored, I didn’t want to put a damper on your holidays, plus it’s given me time to sort out my life — and “social” priorities.
Here’s the deal.
For the past three years (going on four), I’ve been spouting platitudes such as “life is what you make it” and “you can’t be grumpy and grateful simultaneously” and “stuff isn’t the most important thing in life.” Well, now I have an opportunity to walk the talk. Literally.
There’s nothing so humbling as having nothing… yet I feel like I have everything!
Not only do I have unlimited writing material as the Phoenix rises from the ashes, I also have a few “magic carpet” adventures in store! ;) Stay tuned…
In My (Temporary) Kitchen, in contrast to our former life in the top photo, is this:
Could it be any more colorful?!
I’ve been blessed with a new, improved “Mondrian!”
(Remember the old one?)
In My (Temporary) Kitchen, passion and art are alive and well, too — and music is mere steps away. (More of that to come!)
In My (Temporary) Kitchen are the spices and seasonings that rock my world, plus fave utensils and ‘basics’ I’ve been blessed to replace thus far.
In My (Temporary) Kitchen, my makeshift storage baskets add a sense of anticipation as we slowly begin to build our new future…
And then there’s FUN stuff, like when I discovered a baker’s rack at a local clothing store, of all places — even if I had to put it in the living room for now. (I can hardly wait until flea market season starts!)
There’ve also been heartfelt, whimsical gifts from friends to bolster our spirits, xo…
As well as genuine offers to help. (More in next month’s IMK post.)
In My Kitchen is HOPE… for a better New Year, a blessed life (ongoing), and being able to appreciate every lil’ thing… including beauty amongst the rubble.
Wishing all of you a stellar 2015… may it include peace, health, and plenty of chocolate.
(Some things never change!)
Sincerest thanks to Celia from Fig Jam & Lime Cordial for this monthly opportunity to share In My Kitchen — where life is lived… even temporarily — and to all of you who’ve commented on my previous IMK posts to say you care. xo
Enjoying being in “my” kitchen in spite things,