The below photo shows part of that same wall taken shortly after the remodel. Looks much better, don't you think?! When we moved in, the only appliance in the kitchen was the old black dishwasher, which we still have today. My husband and I both believe in using things until they wear out. I keep hoping it does, so I can replace it with stainless steel dishwasher drawers to match the other appliances. Since this photo was taken, we have added a backsplash and handmade window treatments, and repainted the blue walls a softer blue gray shade called "Porch Blue" by Nell Hill. The other odd thing about the kitchen was that none of the windows had frames, so my husband added the wood molding around them. Because the windows are deep, he was able to insert a small shelf so I could have a place to display my African violets, English ginger jars, and other sundries. My favorite part of my kitchen is this area with the apron-front sink that overlooks the adjoining deck.
One summer, my mom and mom-in-law came to spend a few days with me and made me window treatments and window seat box cushions for my kitchen. Here's my cat Poe enjoying one of the new covers shortly after they were completed. Yes, that black furry blob is a cat!
My husband's mom especially enjoys home dec sewing. We recently learned that my husband's parents are preparing to move back to Iowa to be closer to family. They have sold their ranch home in Nebraska and will move into their new townhome in a community just north of Des Moines next month. We also recently received the sad news of the passing of my husband's 98-year-old grandpa. We feel blessed that he enjoyed such a long life in good health. He outlived two wives, and at the time of his death, he took no maintenance medications. His older sister lived to be 100 and his two younger twin brothers are still alive at 93 years old. Grandpa attended college to study tool and die making. During World War II, the company he worked for was responsible for making turrets for tanks and ships. He loved nature and gardening and owned several acres of forest land near his home. He will be missed. Despite the sadness and grief that accompanies the loss of a loved one, it's hard not to feel incredibly fortunate to have that person in your life for so many years. After all, growing old is not a gift granted to everyone.