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.