An earthquake, which is not typical for our area, rocked our little house a few years ago, weakening our cabinet structure and cracking walls. Our old roof was leaking and water had seeped into the drywall, causing it to buckle and peel. The worst part was mold was growing. Last year when our beautiful new red roof was put on, we realized that the section that was added to the house sometime in the 1960’s really didn’t provide sufficient structure to support the weight of the upper cabinets and all the glassware for the addition that we added 19 years ago. The cabinets were shifting and we were growing more and more concerned.
Before – the row of upper cabinets to be removed.
Red Dirt Rustic Farmhouse Lasagna in the makin’.
The time had come for the row of upper cabinets above the island separating the old section of the kitchen from the new to be removed.
Our timing may not have been the best, we took the cabinet down just days before hosting a gathering of friends, thankfully they overlooked the mismatched peeling paint and holes in the ceiling.
A job for another day.
We refer to this entire room, as the kitchen, but it is a kitchen, dining area, and all-purpose room. We live in this room, it is the heart of the house.
We are quite happy having the cabinets removed and the view opened up. In the scheme of all the renovating and the addition we have added to the house these past two years, this is pretty minor.
When I cook, the entire kitchen is a mess, you will not mistake my kitchen for one of those perfect kitchen set shows. Nope. Messy, messy, messy – that’s how I roll.
I made Lasagna for our gathering, which I call rustic farmhouse style – recipe here. If you are vegetarian, this is not for you – there are three types of meat in this version.
The weather was mild and I opened the windows while I cooked to let the house breathe.
I even opened the skylight in the kitchen and all the birds sitting on the branches looked down into the kitchen and watched me while I worked, chirping away, while they worked at building nests.
Correction, the weather wasn’t mild, it was downright hot, we broke a couple of heat records for this time of the year – crazy isn’t it? We’ll probably have a blizzard next week.
Flopsy took it upon herself to get up on the windowsill and watch some TV while I worked.
By the end of the day, the weather had turned, the windows were closed and the heat was turned back on. Such is our weather these days.
Today it is raining again, dark and moody with heavy clouds rolling through. My head is pounding it too feels dark and moody. We had dinner out last night, it was enjoyable spending time with our good friends, however, I’m paying the price today for eating all that processed food. Such a perfect excuse to settle in and watch The Maltese Falcon for the umpteenth time, but I can’t pass on Humphrey Bogart and a little mystery.
Have a good week.
See you next time.