I am back, but may be temporary.
My last post, published May 26, 2014, I mentioned I would see you in a few weeks. That was nearly 2 months ago and my reno is still under way and may not be completed for another month may be 2. All this delay is causing me much stress and affecting my health. I think I have developed “tired” blood.
Lack the energy to spend a lot of time in the garden so most of the veggies are not growing well. Thinning, pruning, weeding … need to be done. Hopefully next week I will feel more like myself and get caught up.
Managed to get to the garden this past week and dug up my German white garlic. Had to show them off.
Garlic, German White
The garlic are curing in the shed (leaving the shed’s door open for ventilation during the day). Once the tops and roots have dried (3-4 weeks) I will cut them off, clean the heads, select and save the best heads for planting in October and enjoy the rest.
This variety of garlic, German white, sends out nice fat tender scapes and the cloves (6 to a head) are large and easy to peel
First time growing this variety, like the flavor a lot, will definitely grow again
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Because the upper and lower kitchen cabinets plus the countertop will be removed to take care of the winter damage to the walls and ceiling, decided to redo my entire kitchen – new cabinets, countertop and sink; new floor and new appliances.
Despite a few surprises when the ceiling and walls were removed everything was proceeding on schedule.
Then came words that the cabinets will be delayed and there was no way the reno could be completed before I leave for my scheduled trip. Unable to change my trip’s date, decided to leave the keys with the contractor who assured me the kitchen will be completed when I return home.
When I arrived home from my trip on June 30, the cabinets were installed, but where are the cabinets’ hardware? And where is the countertop?
Cabinets’ hardware was supposed to arrive in 4 days and installed while I was away. What happened?
On the eve of leaving for my trip I was told there will be delay in the delivery of the countertop. The slabs are on a ship at sea but should arrive on July 2. They did arrive at USA shores on July 2, but, guess what? They were sold to someone else. Yep, you read correctly my countertop, fully paid for, was sold to someone else. I was NOT a happy person. When a friend learned about it, her comment was: “It shows you have good taste.”
Slabs were reordered. When will they arrive? No idea. Install?????
On July 3, I spoke to the owner of the kitchen design store where I ordered my cabinets, countertop, cabinets’ hardware and sink. He suggested a face to face meeting to address the problems. After waiting 2+ weeks, his office finally called on Saturday, 7/19, to set up a meeting date for Wednesday, 7/23.
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While cleaning the cabinets I discovered a number of issues. Two company reps came and agreed these are issues that should not have occurred. Rep reported back to the company’s president/owner who called the same day and promised to rectify the problems, which means additional delays.
I appreciated the prompt personal phone call from the owner of the cabinet company and suppose to hear from him or his rep today to let me know what steps the company is going to take to rectify the problems and when I will have a completed kitchen.
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It was challenging to prepare meals with an electric wok on top of the washing machine and the microwave on top of the cloth dryer for so many weeks. With no idea how much longer before I will have a completed kitchen, I insisted on a temporary kitchen in my kitchen. It was installed on July 4th. Below are photos:
20 inch Countertop & Working Sink
Countertop prevents dishwasher door from opening so need to have a dish drainer
Stove & Refrigerator are in place
Sheet pans & plywood make great countertop substitute
Still waiting for cabinets’ hardware
Plants, Vases & Knickknacks add a cheerful note to the unfinished kitchen
When will I have a fully functioning kitchen? Hope within the next few weeks as I am expecting company in August and need to have my house in order, especially a usable diningroom.
Will post photos of my fully functioning kitchen when it is completed and write an update on how all the issues were resolved.
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