In My (Temporary) Kitchen ~ January 2015

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:

The Rubble 1

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!

Nov 11

Photo courtesy of the Eufaula Fire Department

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…

Magic Carpet

In My (Temporary) Kitchen, in contrast to our former life in the top photo, is this:

Kitchen

Could it be any more colorful?!

I’ve been blessed with a new, improved “Mondrian!”

(Remember the old one?)

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In My (Temporary) Kitchen, passion and art are alive and well, too — and music is mere steps away. (More of that to come!)

Piano

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.

Spices

In My (Temporary) Kitchen, my makeshift storage baskets add a sense of anticipation as we slowly begin to build our new future…

Storage

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!)

Bakers Rack

There’ve also been heartfelt, whimsical gifts from friends to bolster our spirits, xo…

Good Times

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!)

Truffles

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,

~ Kim

38 thoughts on “In My (Temporary) Kitchen ~ January 2015

  1. Kim — Your latest post made me cry. You are a sentimentalist just like me! When I clicked on the link to your mother-in-law’s “Mondrian” quilt and read the references to other gifts from your beloved sister, I could only imagine your sense of loss to these ties to loved ones. Blessedly, memories can not be erased by fire. Cherish all the GOOD ones! By the grace of God, you and TMOFW have an opportunity to make lots of wonderful new ones! Sending love and hope!

  2. Bless you darling Kim…. thank goodness that you are all alive and well to share this story… may 2015 be a new year filled with a fresh start and fondest memories of what once was. Much love to you xox

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, Kim…I’m crying tears of joy, sadness and excitement for you…yes, your/our magic carpet will ***zoom zoom zoom*** very ***soon soon soon*** and an entirely new world of adventure will lie ahead…from choosing the next spatula or wooden spoon to figuring out what kind of new camera lens you want. As long as you have Russ, a roof over your head and your love and good health, nothing is a barrier to what you want. I so so love you, my friend~~ ally

  4. Kim: you have had a hell of a year and for that I am so sorry. I have missed our notes back and forth and have been wondering how you are doing. It was so sweet to open my mail and see this post from you. You are a survivor and that has been proven but life has thrown you some roadblocks. I know you will get through them but I want you to know I hold you in my heart and prayers. Sending love your way for this new year, 2015. Sincerely, Jeanne

  5. Take it as a blessing in disguise, Kimby. We Chinese have this saying, “old things don’t go, good things don’t come!” Of course on the lighter note, I always use this as an excuse to shop. Lol!

    Good to be back here after 2 weeks off blogging. I’m back & resumed my blog hopping. Take care, my dear friend & Happy 2015! xoxo

  6. I’m new to your blog and Celia’s blog, but read about the fire and then read some of your older posts about your sister and your little stroke so I have been checking everyday to see a post that you are indeed ok. I sighed out loud when I saw a post!! You have been dealt some terrible hand of late Kim, but your spirit really shines through. Wishing you a smoother 2015 and look forward to reading your road back to a not so temporary kitchen.

    Warm regards,
    Jan

  7. Sorry to hear that you lost your home but happy to hear that your are all ok. I hope that 2015 is a good year as you rebuild a new day. Best wishes xx :)

  8. This may sound strange, but this is such an uplifting post. Obviously not the devastation of the fire but your appreciation of what you have and your sense of adventure for what’s to come. With very best wishes for 2015 and all that it may bring you.

  9. Kim wishing you and yours a kinder 2015. thank you for giving us a peek into your temporary kitchen, you have still made it your own and it is home for now.

  10. The true human spirit comes to the fore at these times. I salute you! Not sure how to do personal contact but I would love your address to enable me to send something. My email is family@fivehills.com.au We live in an area where we have unfortunately lived with so much loss from bushfire and sadly much of it has been lives. Grab the moment and run with whatever positive you can get and know that you will still have down times, that’s OK, they make the good ones great! Thoughts and hugs to you. ‘stuff’ is not what makes you you :) PS temporary kitchens can be amazing! I’m living with one that was meant to be for 3-4 months and its now 2 years later but some shit hot stuff is happening in it.

  11. Kim, I was devastated to hear of the fire but like others have said, you are all well which is the main thing. All the very best to you and your family.

  12. Kim, you have been in my thoughts and prayers ever since I talked with Tom. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and your amazing resilence. Keep those you love close to your heart, and love deeply and appreciatively. You are special to all those that know you.
    Your cuz

  13. Kim, I am glad to read you are all unharmed. Material things can be replaced as you say, health cannot. Wishing you all the very best for 2015 and I look forward to reading about your blank canvas being filled with special memories. Ania

  14. I’m so very sad for you, Kim. What an enormous loss. I cannot imagine coming home to find my home destroyed and then realising I’ve lost everything. It seems unimaginable. I’m so glad you and your husband weren’t harmed – that’s a great relief. I hope you’re able to quickly build a new home. Best wishes to you as you face your new future. And Happy Anniversary! xx

  15. Kim, I can see, from this post, that you have the inner strength to survive this and have already made a little start along that journey. It is a journey that will never end, as you might find yourself looking for things you once had, and find them still missing.
    As you know, I also lost my house in the Victorian bushfire in 2009. After one year of temporary accomodation in sheds or house minding, we bought a place and furnished it with stuff from
    Saver’s or ebay. One friend arrived and proclaimed- ” Oh, you two have landed on your feet’. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of that comment- no, we didn’t just land there, no it was hard work getting there, no, we didn’t really like the house. I was quite surprised that I took offence. I guess, after months of being tough on the outside, I had finally succombed to sensitivity and began to take offence too easily. ( I still do sometimes)
    It will be a topsy turvy ride Kim. But I am sure you will have little celebrations along the way, as you find something you once had, or a special gift arrives out of the blue, or when you make it into your next house. I say ‘house’ not ‘home, as it takes years for a house to become home again when you have lost all your history and material past.
    Good luck and best wishes along the way. I look forward to reading about your journey.Francesca

  16. Oh No Kim, I’m so sorry to hear that, I did wonder where you had gone? :( But it is wonderful to see that you are in good spirits (probably good and bad days) and you are trying to focus on the good things (like all the new things you will get to purchase which I am sure we will see at your IMK posts) I look froward to hearing about all the progress, I’m sure there will be another beautiful house to build that you will turn into a home so you can once again sit on the verandah (porch, not sure what it is called in the USA) and enjoy those beautiful views. Liz xxx

  17. Oh Kim, my heart goes out to you and your family. I am impressed by your determination to turn this disasterous event into something positive. May we all learn from you and your wonderful spirit! Your baker’s rack is such a find! Thank you so much for allowing us into your (Temporary) kitchen this month. Wishing you a stellar New Year and memorable new beginnings. xxxxx

  18. I was so sorry to hear about this when Celia posted about it. You seem upbeat and looking forward – all to the good. Things can be replaced and what is really important is that no lives were lost! As many other bloggers have said, wishing you a hopeful and happy 2015.

  19. This is the first time I’ve visited your blog and I have to say what an amazing out look on life you have. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your home but the way you have chosen to view it is inspirational. Wishing you wonderful new beginnings in 2015 and I’m loving that you have been able to already to find some new treasures in your temporary kitchen.

  20. I had to think about whether or not to hit the ‘like’ button because obviously there is nothing to like seeing your home devastated by fire. On the other hand, I love how you’ve chosen to pick yourself up, shake off the dust, and carry on with a positive outlook. When I hear of stories like this I always wonder, why…why is it that some good people are tested over and over while others seem to coast along not knowing that life isn’t always rosy. You’ve certainly had your strength tested and there is no doubt in my mind that you’ll put this tragedy in the most positive light as you already have.
    I think we are al lucky to live where there are backups for when life gets tough for people and its wonderful that you have so many people wanting to help. It looks as if you’ve put beauty and love into your new, albeit temporary home and I look forward to hearing about your creative approaches putting your new home together. I’m sure you inspire others to not let life drag you down and to go for the good. There’s an expression which I won’t muck up your blog but you can add whichever word you think fits about when life gets you down…”you need to polish that ****.”

  21. My sweet Kim. I have read and re-read this post…looking for the perfect words, alas these will have to do.
    I am so happy you have a “temporary” kitchen to call your own. You deserve a grandiose kitchen worthy of YOU! Keep on cooking, keep on growing, keep on loving. You are my little ray of sunshine, always in my heart and in my thoughts. As I struggle with my own demons (slowly but surely…big steps in 2015) I have no writing inspirations even though I have so many thoughts invading my pea brain! ;)
    I may be quiet but I am here :)
    Love ya
    Your friend

  22. I am new to your blog. You have great positivity after going through such a traumatic event. I hope you have fun in your temporary kitchen whilst planning your rebuild on that lovely site. All the best for 2015.

  23. oh my goodness. i hadn’t realised that this had happened to you kim. how dreadful and yet liberating? i have often wondered how i would feel if something like this happened to me as i think it would be somewhat liberating and hopeful to start afresh. all the best to you and yours..
    cheers
    sherry x

  24. First time to your site… Can’t remember how I got here..
    Sorry for your loss
    Hope you were insured
    I to lost most everything… But it’s quite amazing how little time it takes to amass it all again. I was in process of moving and I moved two pickup truck loads about 700miles away first, and for some reason decided all my sewing quilting stuff and appliances had to go first and my husband decided that his TVs and video stuff and all the clothes second. For some stupid reason all those boxes of photo albums and boxes and boxes of heavy cookbooks (more than 500) were put aside for “next trip”. The only time I was teary was when my three kids requested baby pics for each grad and when my son needed pics for his wedding video thing…
    But thankfully relatives contributed theirs….so sorta worked out
    But these days with internet… Pics are stored online.
    The other thing I missed was all my power tools and hand tools that I had spent years collecting. And all those cookbooks that were collected and bought and gifted, I’m still pissed about that… so many were those weird community and self published fund raiser compilations and….. I don’t want to talk about that anymore…. Sniff sniff. You can’t replace garage sale and estate sale treasures.
    Don’t you just hate it when people say stupid things like ” this too shall pass”?

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  29. I have recently found Celia’s blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, and started reading her ‘In the Kitchen’ posts. Whilst clicking back through archived posts I came across one that talked about your fire. I just had to come over and say hello.
    We lost our house in a fire back in October so as soon as I read that your kitchen had been destroyed I felt an instant heartache for you and a strong sense of camaraderie.
    As you said in your post it is a humbling experience and I think the generosity and support from those around us has changed my life forever. The night it happened I crawled into bed at my neighbours house and thanked God that my family was safe, for although everything had gone up in smoke, I still had everything that mattered.
    I am so happy as I read more of your kitchen posts and discovered that you have managed to get a mobile home on your loved spot by the lake. The location looks so wonderful.

    I hope this new home brings you many years of joy and memories xx

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