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Monday, June 11, 2007

Fun Monday #20, My Kitchen


Joy at A Spot of Tea is hosting today's Fun Monday. She said, "I would like to see everyone's kitchens. I spend a great deal of time in my kitchen. Not only for preparing meals, but for socializing, writing letters, watching tv, staring off into space..... So I thought it would be nice to see what other kitchen's look like out there."


Well Joy, we spend a lot of time in our kitchen, too. There is NEVER enough room when we have company. I think about the years when there would be twenty or thirty people over for a holiday meal and I get memory overload. How did we do it?

Because I have so much more to work with than my mom did, I have always felt blessed. Dishwasher, an extra fridge and a chest freezer in the garage, a gas water heater, two bathrooms, a dining room, a covered patio, and latex gloves.
My mom's hands were always rough and worn.






My fingers get their workout from blogging instead of canning and cleaning.

Our little kitchen was the center of a lot of action through the years. We raised three daughters - which usually entailed several other little girls or later on, teenagers of both sexes, running through the room and eating.

Just this weekend we hosted a sixtieth birthday dinner for my brother N. His wife had her first chemotherapy treatment on Wednesday but felt well and enjoyed the meal. The party included my brother's son, daughter and her boyfriend, our eldest brother and wife from California, and our two oldest grandchildren (Little Buddy and My Red-Headed Girl)

This evening, in order to take these photographs, we loaded the dishwasher and hauled out the leaf blower to clear off the table and counter tops. (Kidding about the blower.) It's a good thing you can't see the grime in these digitals. If you're coming to my house for dinner you have to put away your white gloves.

I am thankful, truly thankful for that grime.

Family and friends and a kitchen table - who could ask for anything more.

ps. Before Willowtree has a chance to point it out: Yes, my fridge has an assortment of things clinging to it with magnets. Just like my desk top is covered with Icons. I think I am a collector of what nots and what notes.

ps: Kila The lei on the phone was leftover from last years 30th anniversary party when our 3 daughters brought Hawaii to our back yard.

33 comments:

Beckie said...

I can't imagine a better type of kitchen - one filled with family, friends and memories - oh, and food!

Kila said...

From knowing you only through blogging, that is just how I would have pictured your kitchen!

I think we have the same dishwasher. And your stove looks a lot like the one I had before Fire shattered the black glass on the door.

The lei around the phone--what's its story? ;)

Kila said...

I had one of those food organizers, too (like you have on your fridge). Unfortunately the boys kept grabbing one here and one there to catch some creature or other. They were perfect for that, LOL.

willowtree said...

Hey come on! I wouldn't have said anything about all the crap stuck to your fridge, or even that you have more scissors hanging on your fridge than my local kitchen store has in stock. And no way would I have mentioned that you've got more utensils in those two bowls on the sink than I have in total in two houses. Nope, that's just not me.

Madame you offend me with your assumptions!

Mind you, I may be tempted to point out that the thing on top of your fridge (the thing with the plastic tubs and lids) is regularly seen at 2am on the shopping channel.

Having said all that, I love your kitchen!

Karmyn R said...

It looks all familiar - including all those dang scissors!!!!

Karmyn R said...

OOOH - check out the view on the microwave - too cool

melissa said...

Hi Pamela. I love your kitchen! Have you told the story of the plates before? I have a couple of plates on my kitchen walls too.

I just wanted to say thank you for what you said and tell you that your comments always seem to give me much needed perspective and be just what I need to hear. Thank you. :)

Susie said...

Your cabinets look very similar to ours. I love all the plates!!
Fun pics of your grandkids in the previous post!!
xo

Joy T. said...

Warm and inviting, that's what I see :o)

Arkansas Songbird said...

Great kitchen!

Your They Walk On Water post was a heartwarmer. The pictures are beautiful as are your grandchildren.

ChrisB said...

Another lovely kitchen full of memories, The plates look very interesting, and I chuckled at the 'fisherman plaque'. I'm also intrigued by the picture on the microwave- it looks like a TV!!

theotherbear said...

I'm with you. My kitchen is crap but I have had some great meals come out of it. I entertain lots from my little kitchen :) Yours looks nice and big!

DesLily said...

Well, since where I live isn't my house I wouldn't do kitchen pics... but yours looks great!.. Ohhhhh, you collect "old barns"!! I have a "thing" about them too.. used to love taking rides and looking for old (broken down) barns! lol

mark said...

Nice kitchen, and happy blog-birthday

Jodi said...

Your kitchen is so light and airy!!

Jeanette said...

GdaY Pamela, Your Kitchen is nice and bright love all those decorative plates you have hanging around the wall.

nikki said...

Family and friends and a kitchen table - who could ask for anything more.

Well said! Great kitchen.

Tiggerlane said...

I love the plates at the top of the wall - very nice!

The sharp, pointy objects on the side of your fridge scare me. Remind me never to attack you in the kitchen.

Heather said...

Girl, you think your fridge has stuff? I don't know what color mine is anymore. And we don't even have kids or grandkids of our own!

Shauna said...

Wouldn't expect anything but an inviting comfy place from you. . .

Emma in Canada said...

You have a friendly looking kitchen. And my fridge is full of magnets too. So is my dishwasher. They look naked without.

Amy W said...

I really like your kitchen, looks very inviting...

Robin said...

Those look like n i c e knives...ours are as dull as dirt :/. I think Karmyn was trippin' when she noticed your microwave :).

Your kitchen DOES look like "you". It seems to invite (me) to come in and sit a spell.

We're starting a renovation on our kitchen this week because when we entertain, no one ever leaves it...So, let's bust out a wall and supersize it! I'll keep you posted, let's hope it goes better than the bathroom :/.

wolfbaby said...

It looks perfect!!

Sabrina said...

Kitchens are so much more than physical spaces. They are keepers of memories. They are where family often happens. Sounds like yours is truly a magical space!

angel said...

wonderful post and wonderful kitchen!

mjd said...

Pamela, with the plaid/ginghamy wallpaper and accessories, your kitchen is one of my favorites that I have seen today. I have my doubts about grime. Your kitchen looks very clean to me.

Robin said...

Ok...I was just checkin' to make sure this comment made it...

Stupid Blogger >:(

gawilli said...

Very pretty! Hey, wouldn't it be cool if cleaning the kitchen was as easy as hauling out the leaf blower? Now that's an idea!

Christine said...

First I wanted to wish you Happy Blogversary! I've enjoyed reading your posts and even your comments that you have left even other bloggers like Kailani, and Kelly Curtis, always brings a smile to my face. Your comment about doing the Salsa on that Jalpeno kitchen floor rug, cracked me up!
If you are wondering why I am emailing you. I've had computer problems this past weekend, and for some reason my computer is having issues and thinking your comment box is a pop up. Silly computer.

Second, for Fun Monday, I love your kitchen. My favorite things are the country plates hanging on your wall. I think I will hang mine up for the next Fun Monday!

Take care Pamela and again I've enjoyed reading your blog.

Debs said...

I love your kitchen!!!!!!!! It is warm and inviting! ;)

Debbie said...

Your kithen does indeeed look inviting. I love your description and memories of your kitchen.

I hope your kitchen is filled with more wonderful memories in the years to come.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. :)

Debbie said...

I should have spell-checked. Sorry 'bout that! :}