Tuesday, October 31, 2017


The new stove is being thoroughly enjoyed, but has created a new problem.  Because the stove is slightly deeper than the old one, we were unable to open the kitchen drawers.  Sigh.
The old stove shown below only allowed about a one-eighth inch of clearance to open the drawers, so I didn't have much to work with.

Yes, I could have probably found another stove that had a smooth top that may have fit, but when I spied this induction stove with a convection oven I didn't care what size it was...I had to have it!  I love using induction cooking and already had all the special pans required.

Everything is a tight fit in our little abode, but I simply cannot give up this much storage space so a solution was needed.

Fortunately I am the creative one and Left Brain can accomplish almost any project I throw at him... so we make quite a team.  I get the idea and he gets the heavy work...works for me.

We (meaning him) ripped out the drawers and supports from the problem area so we could install the sliding drawer system purchased at Lowe's.  I saved the old cabinet doors from where I had removed some of them and luckily one of them was tall enough to work, but not wide enough.

So Left Brain added a piece of wood to the front of the cabinet to remedy that problem and how I have a usable space that is actually better than it was previously.

We liked it so much that we (again meaning him) installed an additional one in another cabinet.  Now my cooking tools are at my fingertips.  Does that mean I'm preparing more wonderful meals than before?  Not so much.

Long Live the Queen of Roomy Drawers

Friday, October 13, 2017

New kitchen toys

The remodeling continues and I've wanted to get rid of the old almond colored electric stove for ages. It works, but I really like the smooth top design I used to have.

When I initially looked for induction ranges all I could find were things in the $3000 range and well, let's face it...I don't do enough cooking to warrant that kind of money.

Just when I was ready to order a plain old smooth top electric range I stumbled upon a Frigidaire induction range for $800.  AND I had a 10% off coupon to use before October 31st.

I ordered it online and set up the delivery and was so excited when it arrived...but bummed out when it wouldn't run.  Drat!  It wasn't a problem with the range, it was our plug.  It appears that pulling out the old stove and moving this one in was just too much for the dear old thing and it gave up.

Luckily I am married to a Mr Fix It and Pete went to buy a new box and installed it himself.  Problem solved.

Now I'm a happy camper with my induction range and a convection oven.  Oh the things I can cook now!  Oh..wait, now I suppose I have to actually cook something.   Oh well, it looks lovely.

Long Live the Queen of the Range

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Change of furniture

Left Brain arrived safely on Saturday afternoon and one of the first things I did was drag him to the furniture stores on Sunday to test drive the couch and chairs I'd picked out.

He did not find the couch at all comfortable, and I have to admit I really didn't spend much time sitting on it, but was instead dazzled by it's wonderful features.

After further conversation we decided we really aren't "couch people" and opted to go with two recliners instead.  I liked the dark brown color better than the gray option so we ordered two of these for the Arizona room. 

So, we scrapped the couch and one red recliner, mainly because my friend Sandy wants to sell hers and it would be a lovely reddish brown color to add to my Arizona room.  That and Pete loved it so much when he tried it out we had to force him to leave it with her until they could find a new one.

I stayed with the gray recliners for the other sitting area.

The chairs will be delivered tomorrow, so our recliners and love seat that have been sold need to get hauled out today.

We also went to Lowe's to look at stoves but I couldn't make a decision so went home to research models and brands for a while since that can wait.

Long Live the Queen