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Penny Lane

A Mixed Bag .... 
Sep. 30, 2011 3:33 pm 
Updated: Oct. 7, 2011 8:33 pm
I have been MIA from the Buzz a lot lately.  I miss all of you. 
As we prepare to move, I have been busy - packing, sorting and getting rid of 'stuff'.   We are only moving about 1/2 a mile away.  That however makes no difference when it comes to packing and sorting. 
Our new house is one story and about half the size of this house. 
Logic says - only half the stuff will fit. 
I have trouble wrapping my head around this fact.
Yesterday was my last day cooking for clients for a while - I need to take a break to get settled into my new kitchen.    While I am looking forward to getting acquainted with my new oven - it is hard to say good-bye to my old turf. 
What a mixed bag of emotion this is.   
One of the major benefits to all this was organizing & culling through my pantry staples.
I gave away some things and organized and labeled the rest.
I plan to load the tubs into the my car. 
Drive them over to the new house and straight into the pantry

The spices revealed 3 jars of celery salt and numerous other duplicates.
  At least now I know exactly what I have. 

Ready or not - here we go. 
Wish me luck! 
I will be back once the dust settles.
Saturday October 1st.
A Little update.
This is the front of our new home.
What a surprise to arrive today - after talking to the tenant and he assured us he would be out and the house cleaned and ready to go Oct. 1st.
There was a car in the driveway - hmmm - but nobody was home.
So we let ourselves in and ......
They still have stuff all over the house!
This is standing in the breakfast nook looking toward the front door.
The dining room is the room to the front left.
The Living room is to your right.  (can't see it in this pic.)
My second big surprise was the size of the refrigerator opening! 
The width is not quite 3 ft but the depth is only 24 inches.
My refrigerator is too big for this spot - 
Double Grrrr... 

A partial view of what will be my kitchen & pantry.
Once they get their stuff out!
So much for using this week to set up shop in my new kitchen!
We are changing the locks Monday morning at 10 AM -
I hope they have their act in gear by then.
Update:  Tuesday October 4th
What a BIG 12 hour day.
My cookbooks have a new home. 
Looks like I have room for a few more!
My Mixers seem to like their new home.
I kicked a$$ today - all the spices are in place, most of the glasses.
I can't even begin to tell you all that we got done.  :) 
Come Monday morning - just 6 days - all the movers will have to do is move the heavy stuff  & the furniture. 
I hope it all fits.  :)
Sep. 30, 2011 3:45 pm
You are always welcome to organize my spices and sleep in a room full of too much stuff! My Love, it is SO HARD to move, and so much work, BUT think of this.....a new clean house, no dust bunnies! XOXOXO
Sep. 30, 2011 3:48 pm
Oh Cindy - you should have seen what was behind the couch that went today. OH LORDIE! It will be good to start from scratch - and hard to say good-bye.
Sep. 30, 2011 3:50 pm
Good luck on the move! Hope to hear from you soon. Take care.
Sep. 30, 2011 3:51 pm
I wish you the best in your new home. I love moving as it is a great way to force yourself to get rid of stuff. I have always had the movers put everything in the house as it forces one to unpack everything. Honestly, I envy you. I have been in one place too long. Enjoy it all.
Sep. 30, 2011 3:55 pm
Oh moving is so draining! I do it every two years and hate it. But after all that work, nothing feels better than being settled in your new place! :) Hang in there!
Sep. 30, 2011 3:59 pm
Oh man, that has to be tough! As you know we downsized dramatically just over a year ago andI still don't feel settled. However, looking at your pictures above, I am not the organizer you are! I imagine eventually you will like your new space. As soon as all the grandkids tear around in there for a couple of hours, it should feel just like home! Take it easy a bit andput your feet up, xo
Sep. 30, 2011 4:01 pm
Thanks Rosebud. I need all the strength I can muster for this move. No Baking Papa and I have very different views on how things should fit our new space. Even after 37 years somethings don't change. :)
Sep. 30, 2011 4:04 pm
Marie C - thank you! I really need to remind myself that this is a renewal. I have been unloading stuff right and left. Darn - it just never seems to end.
Sep. 30, 2011 4:07 pm
Jenwee99 - Those of you in the military don't ever have time to collect too much stuff. I thank you and your husband for your service. No Baking Papa grew up moving like that - honestly he can't count the houses he lived in. This move isn't easy on him. He likes to set down deep roots.
Sep. 30, 2011 4:10 pm
Good luck with the move BNana!! Moving so sooo much work but kinda feels like brand new sheets when your done! All fresh and new! Have fun rearranging everything a dozen times...LOL It will be a home in no time with you at the helm!
Sep. 30, 2011 4:10 pm
Carrie - Thanks - I will be fine in my new space - I just have to make it "mine". Fortunately the grandkids will be around to make it "home".
Sep. 30, 2011 4:12 pm
Lobster - I am going to start moving the kitchen tomorrow. The actual movers don't come until October 10th - by then I hope to have a "feel" for the space. Chances are I am going to discover that I need to get rid of more 'stuff'. :)
Sep. 30, 2011 4:13 pm
BTW - I love the mental image of "brand new sheets." :) Indeed - they do feel good.
Sep. 30, 2011 4:13 pm
Love your system of organized pantry supplies! Looking forward to pictures of your new home! You know, moving is sweet-sour: You hate to leave, but, once decided, you're usually glad to move on. You collected a lot of important stuff, then you have to get rid of excess treasures. If you're leaving the home where you raised your family, it's even harder. You have memories to pack, their "stuff" to sort (they kinda think you'll keep it for them...), your gardens to leave... I found, over the years, that moving is like taking a bath - you feel so much better after you're done! Nice, clean, organized, refreshed! If you can't decide, don't! Men just don't get it, do they!! They are tunnel-vision, we are multi-vision. Doesn't he understand that you are ultimately responsible for the way your new home decor looks and is cared for? Agree to disagree, then asssume you are right! Good luck!!
Sep. 30, 2011 4:23 pm
By the end of your first holidays in the new place it will really feel like home. Start thinking of a new tradition to look forward to now. The holidays will be here before you know it.
Sep. 30, 2011 4:24 pm
Penny, I do not envy you! It is so nice to get reorganized, though. My hubby is jealous of your one-level home--even without seeing it! I keep trying to toss things, but then things happen like taking in all the photos from my MIL's apartment. I have a mess now! One of my projects coming up will be to put all my photos on a disk and get rid of the duplicates! I have so many of those now! I'll look forward to seeing your new place!
Sep. 30, 2011 4:26 pm
Mamaw - My new pantry is a different shape than this one - I don't know if that will afford me more space or less. Those bins are 14 for $20 at Costco - they are perfect for the pantry. You are right - leaving the memories - the firsts is hard - now we are doing the lasts. The last party - the last birthday the last swim.... I know there will be more firsts in our future. N'B'Papa isn't as sentimental as me - in fact he has a horrible memory. This is a good move for us. We both know it. Now we just have to do it.
Sep. 30, 2011 4:27 pm
I hope you'll enjoy your new home! What will Baking Nana cook first???
Sep. 30, 2011 4:31 pm
Janet - we decided to more now so that we could have that fresh start before the holidays. The timing is perfect - it will give me a kick the rear end to get stuff done!
Sep. 30, 2011 4:38 pm
What brand or where did you find the clear containers in your cabinet? I like your organization idea and with all of my baking supplie that would work great for me too.
Sep. 30, 2011 4:51 pm
Marianne - no stairs is going to a really blessing! As you know - it is time for us to have a one story house - unfortunately one of our neighbors - 59 years old fell down the stairs last Friday - he died Saturday night. So sad... We are really blessed to have a one story to move to. You will see our new home December 3rd! I will have to kick it into gear - no living out of boxes if the AR gang is coming!
Sep. 30, 2011 4:52 pm
B'Nana, watch the show Hoarders sometime. That has really changed my bad habit of holding on to things. My dh is just throw it away, he helped me clean out our office after a year of waiting for me to do it. I didn't need anything of the stuff in there since I hadn't touch it in a year but boy it was still hard. I wish my kitchen and pantry was as organized as yours. Do you take pictures? My mom has a digital frame that we are adding pictures to for her. It is a really neat way to display pictures. My youngest ds has watched it from start to finish a couple of times now. I hate moving. Thankfully it has been 13 years now since our last move. I swear there are still a couple of boxes in the basement that have never been unpacked, although they may be stuff that I boxed up last year when we remodeled, I guess I didn't mark them very well. I wish you and No B'Nana many years of happiness in your new home!!
Sep. 30, 2011 4:52 pm
luv2cook - I have NO idea! Probably spaghetti - a fast go to while moving. I can't wait to test the ovens!
Sep. 30, 2011 4:53 pm
MSC - I got a box of 14 at Costco for about $20. They are perfect for baking supplies - as you can see.
Sep. 30, 2011 5:07 pm
I can't even imagine moving a house. Just downsizing my classroom from a huge art room to a tiny kindergarten room has done me in. I have a spare bedroom full of boxes from the last 14 years of teaching. We've lived in our house 23 years...I'm hoping now to stay for the rest of my life!
Sep. 30, 2011 5:11 pm
Wishing you a smooth move, I don't envy you! I hate moving, trying to pack up this house would be a nightmare after 20 years. And I don't even have a basement! I see one-level living in my future, with my bad knees. Reading through your blog makes me want to make more of an effort at organizing...and purging!
Sep. 30, 2011 5:14 pm
I'm in the process of getting ready to move to, but I don't need to get rid of stuff, I need to buy stuff! I'm getting overwhelmed with all the stuff I'll need that I don't yet have... and I'm starting to have a really hard time with the idea of not living here anymore. I want to move out, I do, but this is the only home I've ever known, my parents moved in a couple of months before I was born. I'm not going far, and mom and dad will still be here, so it's not like I'll never be back in this house, but it'll be weird for it to not be "my" house, that I'll have to go "home" to somewhere else after I'm done visiting..
Sep. 30, 2011 5:16 pm
DeniseY - there are rooms in this house that I NEVER even go into - fortunately they have nothing but furniture in them - that furniture is going to family and friends. The new house will be the Master - a office and a guest room. The room that had the most "stuff" was N'B Papa's office. YIKES! We made good head way there yesterday. I refuse to become a 'hoarder" - I asked my kids - you want it come get it! If you don't - it is gone!
Sep. 30, 2011 5:41 pm
ElCay - Like my friend who is a teacher commented to me the other day - "...how much of my house can be devoted to teaching supplies?" She and her husband are empty nesters - she can't imagine downsizing - she wouldn't have room for all her teaching supplies. Me - I don't teach and just gave away bins and bins of arts and crafts supplies. I hope they are put to good use.
Sep. 30, 2011 5:44 pm
Wyattdogster - I remember moving here and thinking I would never fill this house - it is full now! My 18 year old grandson came today and said one of his first memories of coming here was his fear of getting lost! :) This hasn't been an easy process - that is for sure.
Sep. 30, 2011 5:48 pm
Alex - If you lived close by I could outfit your whole apartment! Word to the warning - stuff gathers quickly. Don't be afraid to say "No thank you." or take it and be prepared to give stuff away as new stuff comes your way. Those spice jars are $1.00 a piece - buy a few and re-fill as needed - you really don't want 3 jars of celery salt!
Sep. 30, 2011 6:15 pm
Oh another thing Alex - another mixed bag - my kids think they can come and go from here as they please - they can, to an extent. This is a re-birth for your parents too - the courtesy of a phone call before arriving is always welcome. My father always told us - "You are welcome to stay as long as you like as long as you follow my rules - but when you move out, you are on your own." Wise words!
Sep. 30, 2011 7:50 pm
Good luck on your move BN!
Sep. 30, 2011 8:00 pm
Happy moving Miss Nana. It is a amazing what we accumulate isn't it? LOL. I understand having too much stuff, what is not going with you? You, after all bought all of those goodies. I also like the words you have given Alex. I agree and hope when the time comes, I can remember them!
Sep. 30, 2011 8:20 pm
I will be using those words B'Nana-great words of advice. When we bought this place many years ago, it was home-it had so many things that I wanted in a house. The kitchen right in the middle as the heart of the home. I always knew this was not our retirement home, and I know we have 1 more move. That will require an auction sale. We are not hoarders, but I have many kitchen/canning/sewing supplies I needed in my season with the boys. RNGrampa has almost every tool known to mankind. My next season after the boys move will provide a house just for us. Too much space invites company for too many days-like fish, after 3 days they stink:P JK
Sep. 30, 2011 8:41 pm
BN - - you aren't doing what is easy - but you are doing what is wise. Think of this move as being a new beginning. A place to start a new "measuring wall" for the grandkids, a place to find a new "quiet corner" for you when things get too hectic, a place where you and NB Papa will make more memories. It will take a little time but you will create a "new normal" for your new place. And I believe it will be a better life for you and NB Papa. I am praying for you and NB Papa that the Lord will bless your new home with His Peace. I know the holidays will be memorable - especially since the AR gang is coming to help you "break in" your new digs! Thanks for all your help and advise that you have passed my way. You have been a great blessing! - Pam
Sep. 30, 2011 9:01 pm
There is a reason that MOVE is a 4 letter word. But it is a good time to take advantage of the situation and SIMPLIFY! I know you have mentioned it in a few other blogs, and I am living it every day. I try to purge one or two things a day. I always have a donation box in the utility room so when I pick something up and think it should go to someone who could use it, I don't just set it down and forget it, I actually put it in the box. It is a liberating feeling to lighten! I feel we are paying it forward in a sense as we donate box after box and bag after bag. The true test is NOT shopping and buying MORE stuff! Can't wait to see pics of your new house. I am sure you will love the one level. We recently moved our washer & dryer upstairs from the basement and it has been life altering not to worry about hauling laundry up AND down the stairs every day. W/ my knees, it is a true blessing. Good luck and best wishes as you move into your new home and begin to make new memories for you and your family!!
Sep. 30, 2011 9:05 pm
I'm curious. Tell us what your new kitchen is like! Is it an eat-in, or do you have a dining area? do you have a gathering/great room? I know you don't have time now, but whenever, we all would appreciate a "tour" of your new home, since some of us can't be a part of the round-up! You are a treasure on this site. Thanks for sharing this journey, too! Prayers for rest, peace, and happiness all for you.
Sep. 30, 2011 9:07 pm
Oh BN! I feel your pain on two levels! One is the moving process...When I moved into my current house I had less then four weeks, and it was tough for sure. I was SO not organized, which made it all the harder. The second is, well, I am very sentimental. It is hard to leave behind all the memories. I know, you really take them with you...but it is hard to walk out for the last time. This is the fifth house I have ever lived in, and I have a special place in my heart for them all. I think it would really do me in if my parents sold their current house. But, it is also an exciting time. A fresh start. Best of luck to you- I am sure once you are settled, you will love your new home :)
Sep. 30, 2011 9:26 pm
Miss you on the buzz - but can't wait to SEE you in person 12/12 =D you will be busy in the mean time, but that will at least be a day of "rest" for you!
Oct. 1, 2011 5:02 am
Wow, thank you all for the well wishes. Marianne - I do not envy you with boxes of pictures from your MIL - I have those boxes too and another one of slides from my father. I tried to pawn them off on my brothers. They were having none of it!
Oct. 1, 2011 5:05 am
Barb - I am looking forward to our November trip to Tom's Farms. It will be a fun day "off".
Oct. 1, 2011 5:08 am
Mamaw: The new house has a very open floor plan. The kitchen looks into the family room. There is a formal dining room and a living room. The living room here never gets used so I gave away all the furniture from that room and we are going to USE the new living room. I will take pictures and share them when I get a chance.
Oct. 1, 2011 5:13 am
chris k - I like the idea of having a give away box going all the time. I am not a 'shopper' but I am a sucker for family treasures. :/ I am handing those treasures back to my kids. If they don't want them - they can throw them in the trash.
Oct. 1, 2011 5:14 am
luv2cook - Thanks for your kind words. I don't quite know where my quiet corner is going to be. I am still working on that....but you are right, everyone needs that special place.
Oct. 1, 2011 5:36 am
I've often said to my DH that we need to move just so I can clean! I try to keep that thought of mind when doing seasonal cleaning so I can edit out unnecessary things. Cull down to what is essential and truly important. I have no doubt that is the easier part for you, BN. My heart goes out to you in leaving the home itself. Makes me all weepy at the thought of it... We have had to clean out and sell both of our mother's homes this year and it has been an emotional roller coaster. Going through tangible memories is soooo hard! After a while though, stuff becomes just stuff and you need to turn a critical eye on it and not an emotional one. The job would have never gotten done otherwise! We sold DH's mom's house and have my mom's (hopefully) just about sold. This is where I am having a hard time. I know it will be easier as time goes on but still, it is the right now that is hard. I hope you can focus on a new beginning and enjoy the exciting adventure beginnings bring. In support of your moving I am gonna tackle our coat/catchall/dontknowwhattodowithitsostuffitinhere closet in your honor! Good luck with the move! Your new home will be filled with love and happiness the moment YOU walk in the door! Peace and blessings! Jan
Oct. 1, 2011 5:38 am
Oh my dear, after being here for 20 years I don't think I would even want to attempt to move especially to a smaller place. You're a brave woman and your organized pantry looks great! Hope all else flows into place for you without too much stress!
Oct. 1, 2011 5:38 am
Oh, and a PS, here... I am having a total BLAST with the check writing idea! Some of the kid's friends have even gotten in on the "fun"!
Oct. 1, 2011 5:44 am
It is amazing how quickly we accumulate things-I've been here 34 years & I'm not looking forward to the moving process, but the new place IS bigger & if I want to store something I'll have 13+ acres to build on-LOL! But there is a lot of purging to do, 'cause things will have to be worth moving them a few hundred miles & we'll be doing it all ourselves & have to dodge any bad weather. have you sold your place yet? Mine will be on the market soon, but there is some interest in it already.
Oct. 1, 2011 7:02 am
Good Morning Baking Nana! I SO FEEL your pain! LOL!!! 12 years ago we too downsized from a 3,000 square foot house where we raised our "collective" 5 children to a 1,200 square foot house. Well, needless to say, THAT DIDN"T WORK!!! Two years later we sold that house and up-sized to a 2,200 square dual-living house. We've been here now for 10 years and plan to die here. The best part of the down-size house was we had to get rid of just about everything. It was awesome to be unimcumbered by our 25 years of stuff. Trouble is we got "stuff" again. Orange (hubby) says, "People are like goldfish; they grow to the size of their bowls."
Oct. 1, 2011 1:01 pm
WFDM - I tackled my coat/catchall/dontknowwhattodowithitsostuffitinhere closet this morning. Whew! More stuff to get away!
Oct. 1, 2011 1:02 pm
Candice - I think your hubby is right, People are like goldfish!
Oct. 1, 2011 1:05 pm
goodeats - good luck with your move. You two are very brave to do it yourself.
lisa j 
Oct. 1, 2011 4:00 pm
Much luck B'Nana. It will be "home" in no time. I wouldn't mind a fresh start. At this point, I'm just trying to get HGTV'd!
Oct. 1, 2011 11:51 pm
Thanks Lisa J - It has been the most disheartening day. I just updated my blog and the pictures. Sigh... It is going to be a long week.
Oct. 2, 2011 8:18 am
Word Of The Day..... FRUSTRATING Love you Penny!
Oct. 2, 2011 8:36 am
the house looks nice, and Too much order in the spice department, I like to hunt for my spices for an hour or so. no really I wish i had that much order.
Oct. 2, 2011 9:45 am
Thanks Candice! Indeed this is VERY frustrating. Sigh... Also - I just found out the the cooktop stove and light don't work. :( Today is a new day and I am off to look for a refrigerator and hood. What the heck - money grows on trees. Doesn't it?
Oct. 2, 2011 11:51 am
Take it from one who has moved across the Pacific and back.....you will be so happy to get rid of things. I am a big time purger.I am the opposite of a pack rat. That being said, I so want to be there to help you :( I love the new house. I think you guys are going to be so happy in it. Call me whenever you need a pep talk :) XO
Oct. 2, 2011 11:53 am
BTW Me thinks you have alot of chips there :)
Oct. 2, 2011 1:33 pm
Well I had no idea you were moving, I've been a bit absent from the buzz lately also, doing a lot of Fall cleaning and reorganizing...getting ready for a garage sale. I can't believe all the stuff we have accumulated in the past twenty years in this house...moving would be a great way to get rid of it all. :) Your new house looks lovely and I like that pantry. Hope you get all the kinks worked out so you can get to being a Baking Nana again. Best wishes to you and the Mr. in your new home.
Oct. 2, 2011 1:52 pm
I so sympathize - After moving 7 times in the first 3 years we were married, DH and I bought my childhood home from my dad. That 14 room house, with full basement and attic, held my parents furniture and most of the furniture from both my grandmothers homes. I edited and replaced over he next 25 years and thought I had it under control until DH and I realized we had to move to a smaller, 1 level, maintenance free home. We had yard sales, I sold things on consignment, I donated, I gave away and finally got it down to just what we needed. It is now 18 years later and I have no idea how I accumulated so many "things" again. It does take time, but you will make the new house your home. Best Wishes!
Oct. 2, 2011 7:14 pm
Sunday - update: Went to the house today and they had all their stuff out. The cleaning crew is coming tomorrow, Monday along with the locksmith and the alarm guy. So Tuesday I will start moving my kitchen. N'B Papa found "his" TV. I scoped out but did not purchase the new refrigerator and hood. At least I know what I what. (Thanks Maui Girl) The moving budget is shrinking quickly and we haven't even paid for the electrician to install N' B Papas special wiring in the office. In the mean time I better get back to sorting and tossing - Goodwill comes Tuesday!
Oct. 2, 2011 7:17 pm
KingSparta - I have too short of an attention span to hunt down spices. Hence the 3 jars of celery salt and 2 Cream of Tarters. I sort the spices by what goes with what.... there is very little rhyme or reason to this method. It works for me. I was scoping out the drawers today - hmmmm - which will be the "spice drawer"?
Oct. 2, 2011 7:33 pm
BSM - I find it very hard to part with family treasures - what to keep? What to give away? Then to realize that the kids don't want their treasures but expect me to keep them? Hmmmm - I think not.
Oct. 2, 2011 10:51 pm
Sunday night update: The Tiny Terrorists have shown up again to bid me farewell! ARGGGGG!
Oct. 3, 2011 7:15 am
I was thinking of you today...because of the laundry soap...only have one more ingredient to buy and it's an easy find, so soon, soon. I've packed up and moved 26 times since marrying, and I figure I must have smelled the corrugated cardboard in the air. Hope all goes well, and the next surprise will be a happy one.
Oct. 3, 2011 8:10 am
The little invaders do not want to be left behind :) They will so miss your cooking LOL
Oct. 3, 2011 10:51 am
Hezzy - 26 moves! You must be a moving pro! I could use your expertice right about now. Hope you like the laundry soap. It sure works well for me.
Oct. 3, 2011 10:52 am
Mauigirl - I bet those invaders have cousins at the new address. I am armed the ready for those tiny terrorists!
Oct. 3, 2011 1:30 pm
We downsized to a two bedroom condo 14 years ago. I got rid of so much stuff. Three years later we decided we missed having a yard and garage and bought another big house. It was sparse when we first moved in. Now it is definitely not sparse. My how we do tend to accumalate things.I need to stay away from estates sales.
Oct. 3, 2011 2:24 pm
OK BN - I'm on my 7th cup of joe and am ready for those tiny terrorists. Don't tell them I'm comin - I want to sneak up on them - and kick'em where it counts! I'll take no prisoners - I'll leave no crevice untreated - look out you varmits - I'm packin!! I'm one rompin - stompin - deadly dixie - ant killin machine. So don't you wave the white flag BN - I'm a comin - and I'm bringing the calvary with me - my 8th cup of Joe!
Oct. 3, 2011 2:25 pm
That label said decaf - - but I have my doubts. - - lol
Oct. 3, 2011 7:06 pm
WHOA there luv2cook - back off on the Java! Actually I need some of that energy right now - could you pass me a cup? :) I headed off the invaders at the pass - at least for the time being. I am shredding all evidence of a forwarding address. One more week and it is Bye Bye - So Long - Farewell.
Oct. 3, 2011 7:07 pm
Char - I have to have dirt to play in. I feel like I have a clean slate here - can't wait for a trip to the nursery. :)
Oct. 3, 2011 7:09 pm
Progress today - after the cleaning crew came through the place looks like brand new! Spic and Span! I hate to even walk on the floors. :) Tomorrow the A/C guy is coming to service the air and the migration begins.
Oct. 3, 2011 8:01 pm
nice update:) The ants are giving you a farewell, anticipating the new owners and hoping the new woman of the house can cook. Your pantry is very nice, I love pantries. Your organized boxes will be a great fit. In the living room, beside the fireplace there is an opening, was that for a TV? The big old cabinet models? Your grandkids would have a perfect puppet show stage with the help of a small curtain, open to a large audience in the living room:D Fridge shopping is an ordeal in itself to pick and choose from all the models, and to add a size restriction:( My sister and BIL bought a house last year, they took out the overhead cupboard because the could not find a fridge that would fit. Luckily it slid in by the stove, but no wall on the other side. You will love your wall ove, I love mine. No more bending over with a 20lb bird or a roaster full of cabbage rolls. Also your legs do not get hot standing in front of the counter top stove, like they do standing in front of an oven at 350 degrees. So happy for you, enjoy setting up your new space
Oct. 3, 2011 9:25 pm
Thanks RNG - Yes that "hole" or cave as I call it is for the TV - we went TV shopping this weekend and bought a 60" flat screen and a telescoping wall bracket. SIL is coming over to install said bracket and TV this week. The TV will be flush with the opening and almost fill the CAVE. I still have to purchase the refrigerator - sigh.... that is a $2,000 expensive I didn't budget for. :( As for the oven - here I have 2 wall ovens - I will miss the second one come the holidays but I LOVE the built in microwave - it is a trade off. I am also in hunt of a new stove hood / fan / light. Another expense not in the original budget. I am not going with Whirlpool - the original brand - that I know for sure. I will buy the hood now and replace the cooktop later after I have thoughly worn out this one.
Oct. 3, 2011 9:26 pm
I will post pictures as the week progresses. Tomorrow is another day - I just pray for smooth sailing!
Oct. 4, 2011 4:42 am
Hi BN, I didn't know you were moving and I so envy you - in spite of all the work. We bought the wrong house 12 yrs ago thinking both kids would come home from college - so, here we are with a 2 story plus attic/basement. I am not a hoarder but not as organized as I would like. We are stuck here so have to make the best of it (it is a nice home) but certainly need to purge. I also have a continual Good Will bin - and luckily various charities do curbside pickup pretty regularly. What I can't part with are a couple furniture pieces from my mom - so wish the kids had room. But you are inspiring me to just clear out!! Wishing you the very best and all the happiness to you in your new home.
Oct. 4, 2011 11:18 am
I'm so jealous! The new house is beautiful. Love the walk in pantry-wish I had that.
Oct. 4, 2011 7:18 pm
Maggi - When we bought this house it was perfect for us - now it is too big and N'B' Papa has fallen down the stairs a couple of times - the last time was horrid. It is time to go one level. In going through our stuff I realize that I am not a "horder" of anything but PAPER. Dang - I am going to kill the shredder shredding all the paper junk. I loaded the sidewalk today with goodies for Goodwill. They are coming again the day AFTER the move. :)
Oct. 4, 2011 7:23 pm
Karen - I have spent the day moving stuff into my new pantry. It is filling up fast. It will be interesting to see how much I can fit it. Here I have 2 really large built in pantries. It will take me a while to get those re-built in the new house - but that is my goal!
Oct. 4, 2011 7:44 pm
I added a couple of pictures to the blog - we got so much done today I can't even document it all. Whew - I am beat. Tomorrow is another day!
Oct. 4, 2011 9:26 pm
Looks good Baking Nana! I got you beat on the short moves though...last year we moved across the street, lol! Hope the rest of the move goes well and your house feels like home in no time!
Oct. 4, 2011 11:09 pm
Thanks Lissa! Wow - across the street would be just far enough to clean the house and sort! At least I have to start the car!
Oct. 5, 2011 8:27 am
Good Job BN!!! Looks like things are progressing nicely. But just know I've got your back - those tiny terrorists are NOT going to follow you to your new ad---ss, - your new h--e - - - I'm saying this in code, just in case they gain access to your computer. My suggestion would be that on the last day, you leave a nice farewell note with an invite to your new house with a picture attached - - of a hunters outhouse with a can of Raid!! HA!!!!!! Game on!!!! You go BN - - you're in the home stretch now!
Oct. 5, 2011 9:55 am
Thanks luv2cook. It's nice to know you've got my back! It is pouring down rain here today - I am hoping the invaders don't try to take advantage.
Oct. 5, 2011 11:04 am
Good news! I found the refrigerator I need. ON SALE! and FREE delivery tomorrow. :)
Oct. 5, 2011 11:29 am
More good news! The guys that came to service the air conditioning fixed the stove hood - two wires had been cut. Whew that saved me $400. :)
Oct. 5, 2011 8:01 pm
Sounds like your move is progressing nicely. I'm taking a quick trip to AZ to check out our new place tomorrow. I've only seen pictures so far-this time I will be taking the pictures & walking the property to see where my furbabies will be living.Hubby will be working on the place for a month or two to bring it back to being a nice home. (It was a foreclosure, & it got pretty messed up.) I'm taking some paint chips, & flooring samples w/me & see if anything yells "Pick Me!" Kind of exciting. I have to measure & see if my fridge will fit-hmm... Glad you were able to find one that fits~my sister had to re-configure her kitchen a bit when her old one died. What is up w/these kitchen designers? Good luck w/ the moving-at least the weather should be nicer for awhile now.
Oct. 6, 2011 5:31 am
Goodeats - You must be excited to see your new homestead. :)
Oct. 6, 2011 5:37 am
Thursday - Yesterday we got a lot done despite the rain. Ceiling fans & new toilets installed, linen cabinet & more kitchen stuff moved into place. My daughter, older grandkids and SIL were a huge help. I think I have lost 10 lbs running back and forth & up and down stairs. No time to eat!
Oct. 6, 2011 8:09 am
Goodeats...Welcome to the desert. I wish you the best in this new move :)
Oct. 6, 2011 2:50 pm
GREAT NEWS! I found my Kitchen Aid Grinder attachments! Woot Woot! Indeed they were in the garage!
Oct. 6, 2011 4:05 pm
B'Nana, you are amazing! Your new home is lovely and sure to be warm and welcoming with your special touches! I hope the Big Moving Day progresses without a hitch for you and everything fits ;). Be thinking of you! XOXO
Oct. 6, 2011 6:28 pm
Thank you Ms. Sparkle Pants! I don't know about amazing - what I do know is that I am tired! Today was not as productive for me but my lovely carpenter son in law came over, on his day off and started work on my built in pantry / storage in the garage. Bless his heart! The new refrigerator comes tomorrow! I will post a picture of it installed!
Oct. 7, 2011 9:38 am
The "finish line" is just up ahead - - you're almost done BN. Take a load off and put your feet up - your dogs must be tired!
Oct. 7, 2011 8:33 pm
Thanks for stopping in luv2cook. Two days left - lots to do! I am at the point where other than the furniture - everything I REALLY want has been moved. Now it is down to "the rest of the stuff". Tuesday Goodwill comes again. Whew!
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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive!
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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