No doubt when Lena Gilbert Ford wrote the lyrics for the popular WWI song “Keep the Home Fires Burning” in 1914 (wow, almost 100 years ago!) she had in mind wood and coal rather than electricity. (She probably had in mind a shorter war, too, I doubt she would have written the same words in 1917.) Anyway, my home fire, in the form of my oven, is lit by electricity, and it isn’t burning anymore. The microwave, part of a dual built-in unit, expired a while back, and I replaced it with a stand-alone unit. My dishwasher expired a year ago, and I’ve been washing the dishes by hand, but now I really can’t put off renovating the kitchen any longer.
I’m not planning a complete remodel: the cabinets are fine and I’m not changing the layout, but I do need new appliances, new counter tops, a new sink and faucet and some under-cabinet lighting. The sink and counters are still functional, but they’re dated, and any thoughts I had of not upgrading them were put to rest by a recent article which made it plain that granite counters, stainless steel appliances and wood floors are necessities if you want to interest buyers. Apparently the millenials have never seen laminate… I also need to update the hardware and lighting in the master bath, and redo ALL the floors – they’re 24 years old and looking it.
One reason I have been putting off the renovation, and therefore the sale, is that I am very comfortable here, but I know this isn’t my last house, and every year the summers in central NC get harder to live through. I still haven’t made a decision about where I want to live next. Seattle and Asheville are still on the list for the US, and places like Lisbon, Pau, Annecy, Bath and Shrewsbury in Europe, but thanks to my Fuch’s Dystrophy at some point my corneas will need to be replaced, and I don’t want to be too far from a (very) good eye hospital when that happens. Suggestions always welcome…
Clearly, I won’t be planning any more travel until the work on the house is done – maybe that will be an incentive to get on with it! However, I now have enough frequent flyer miles for another round the world award so I’m hoping to set off again on a long trip next year. Meanwhile, I’m thinking of resurrecting some of the trips that aren’t on my old website, or on this blog, so you may see places like Sicily and Armenia showing up here.
I’ve switched from reading travel books to books on kitchen renovation. Most of them are for people doing a full remodel, going into details about adding windows and pushing out walls and making room for islands and peninsulas – none of which tempt me. They also proclaim that the kitchen is the heart of the house. Maybe if you have kids, or entertain a lot, but the heart of my house is my study.