Mostly miseries. Six weeks of displacement. The old kitchen was crammed full of food and gadgets, now taking up space in the living room. Dining room is a staging area and we are spending most of the time on the front porch, doing whatever small food prep we are capable of in the hall.
Here is a huge box of upstate New York tomatoes ($10 for the box last week at the farmers’ market in Lyons) converted into a long-term batch of roasted tomatoes in oil. If we decide to cook pasta in the microwave I can start to use. More likely they will get use over the winter.
But some pleasures can be derived from the process, especially the visual pleasures of apprehending the various layers of the past visible in the post demolition phase. Here are some snaps of the stripped down “kitchen”.
Please tell us that those walls will be renewed with lath and plaster once more, rather than be degraded into drywall. At this date, it’s a miracle that they have never been replaced with cheap modern crap — keep the preservation and stewardship going!
I will probably cut corners there. By the time the kitchen is done virtually none of the walls will be visible, being covered by cabinetry or backsplash. I would definitely want to replace real plaster in other rooms with real plaster.