Monday we go to Tampa where I start 5 days of radiation.
The Captain and I both agree that the decision to not go through with the last chemo treatment better prepares me for the upcoming radiation treatments.
I feel stronger and the chemo is almost out of my body so not feeling many of the side effects of the chemo.
Please keep your warm thoughts and prayers coming….I love and pray for all of you.
No matter what happens or what ever God has planned for me….it will be far better than any earthly thing I could of ever imagined.
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding”
Now on to something I touched on a couple months ago.
Do you remember when I told you that the Captain wanted to give me something to look forward to by updating our kitchen?
Well it has been a little slow in coming, but we have made a few changes and I thought I would let you in on what we have done.
First off, I wanted to use my existing cabinets (trying to keep from doing a demo and buying all new cabinets).
Then I wanted the cabinets to combine to form a 9 foot by 5 foot island which meant sizes were not uniform…but could be with a little extra work and effort by the carpenter.
I will show you pictures of when we bought the house and when we updated the kitchen the first time as well as the second time.
we went from this……the below two photos are from the Real Estate listing when we bought our home about 10 years ago.
You will note there were two islands. One held the stove top and the other was a larger island with the wine cooler and lots of lower cabinets.
The microwave was above the oven….until it quit working.
There was so much I wanted to change in this kitchen.
The counters (and back splash) were granite BUT the granite was in 12 inch square tiles which made rolling dough a challenge.
So after painting the walls, we replaced the honey cabinets with white cabinets and added black granite countertops.
We also added tan travertine backsplash which after a couple years, I painted white.
See below pics.
and I don’t know if you can see the “hangy down” in the upper left of the bottom photo which contained 4 pot lights…I never knew why it was there and I never cared for it.
It hung about four feet down from the ceiling and sorta defined the kitchen area from the rest of the open concept of the main living areas.
as you can see…I had two islands as well as a bank of cabinets on the back wall….that includes a sink and kitchen window and a desk area.
You might also note the very small counter space to the right (left if you look at photo below) of the stove top….very un-handy.
For this kitchen update, it was the outer island (with the microwave and wine cooler) that I wanted to separate and add to the stovetop island…to form one large island.
This would mean separating the microwave cabinet, a bank of drawers, the wine cooler cabinet, two double cabinets with two large drawers.
You might have noticed a desk area that I rarely used, so luckily, one of the double cabinets fit that area, therefore I was able to use every cabinet and drawer.
I also wanted to change out the black granite countertops to white quartz.
Now I will show you the current look.. ..which still needs some tweaking….like the cabinet pulls.
they are gold for the bottom cabinets and glass and gold for the uppers….we also need outlet covers.
The above pic is lacking my decor for countertops….just wanted to show you progress.
This island is 9 foot by 5 foot and now I have space on each side of my stove top.
The pics are from my Iphone so please excuse cabinet coloring issues….I have so much natural light that it makes it difficult to take pics.
The only change on the wall of cabinets was the addition of a farm sink and a change of the faucet to gold…and the removal of the desk and addition of a double cabinet and quartz countertop.
Of course we had to replace the floor tiles because of the sub floor under the removed island. We chose a wood floor which I will detail in a later post.
The different carpenters were so patient and understanding as they measured, removed and placed existing cabinets in a configuration that would work to form my dream island.
The Captain had to make many of the decisions (after consulting me on my sick bed) and then there were times I could venture into the kitchen for a peek and an opinion. LOL
I am so grateful for all his efforts to keep this project on target….plus taking me to chemo, making my appointments, keeping my meds up, and basically being my “go-for” for everything else.
Please pray for him too…like all of our spouses, they can get frustrated because they want to fix “it” and they can’t.
Yesterday, I was able to make sloppy joes for lunch in my new kitchen….what a joy and I must give God the Glory for my extra strength and the baby steps.
I will have radiation for 5 straight days for an hour and a half each day….starting on the 27th of January.
Thank you for your prayers and love.
God Bless You
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,