Wednesday, May 11, 2011

this, that and the other thing...

This post is all over the place.  I apologize in advance!

First of all, thank you all so much for the words of comfort, encouragement and friendship after yesterday's post.  They made me feel so supported and when you are struggling it's nice to know you're not alone.  I am so grateful for this community of women and I truly appreciate each comment and email and facebook comment.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much.

With regard to our recent disapointment, I believe that there is only good.  Even the pain, even the loss.  I also believe that the right thing always happens at the right time.  There are no mistakes, there are no accidents.  So, as hard as it is to lose a pregnancy, I know that it will all be okay and that it's all part of a bigger plan that I can't fully see right now.

Since it sounds like I will be down and out most of the day on Friday, I bought this book at Costco today:

I don't generally read fiction, but I've heard a few great reviews, so I'm looking forward to reading it while I rest and recover this weekend.  If any of you have read it, I'd love to hear your feedback!

It's crossed my mind several times that it might be fun to host a book club on the blog.  Is that something that you guys would be interested in doing?  Just a thought...

On another note, I am dealing with this situation:

Of course, this big thing this kitchen needs is to have the cabinets painted white.  Which I am going to tackle in a couple weeks, but for now I figured I could easily make a few cosmetic upgrades.

The light fixture is getting replaced ASAP with either this one or this one.  It is one of two in the Kitchen/Mud Room and they are both desperate to be switched out because, well, they make quite the's just not the statement I'm going for.

Secondly, when I first saw that microwave, I thought "No big deal.  I'll just run to Costco, grab a microwave and pop a new one in."  Oh me, oh my.  Not that easy.   Because this microwave is sooo old, the niche size is completely off for any microwaves manufactured in the past decade, or possibly my entire lifetime.  If we get a microwave that fills up the top to bottom space, it will protrude out of the cabinet 2-3".  If we opt to have it sit flush inside the cabinet, there is a 5-6" gap on top.  Neither is a good option, so the "easy peasy, run to Costco and make it look cute in an hour" idea is a big, fat FAIL.

Mark says we can modify the cabinet somehow by removing the niche altogether and mounting the top of the new microwave to the bottom of the uppers.  I'm not totally hip on this idea because all the cabinet work in that area is connected and I don't think there is a good way to cut it without something else looking botched. 

So here are a few of my other ideas:

1.  Go with the too short version and try to add some cabinet fascia to fill it in, which will probably also look silly.

2.  Or, go with the too short micro and place a cute basket or something on top.  Probably not the cleanest look, but maybe my best option.

Aside from that, we could remove the darn thing altogether and use the space for cookbook storage or something along those lines, but then we need to put the micro on the counter and I am already short on counter space.  Plus, that just seems, um, not so cute.

So, I thought I'd share my little dilemma with you to see if you have any ideas?  Have you ever had this problem?  I'd love to hear any solutions you might have for us!


  1. You will LOVE that book. I laughed, and cried and wanted to read it again immediately. Good choice for a not so good situation :(

    I will take a photo for you of how our micro is mounted. I agree with your hubs on drilling it into the bottom of the upper cabinets. My micro has a light on the bottom and no support underneath and it looks fine. Definitely no more counter hog appliances!!!

    GOOD LUCK! Praying for you!!

  2. the help! one of my ALL TIME FAVES! i don't see how you could not like it. it is excellently written with wonderfully lovable characters. LOVE! 10 out of 10!

  3. the book is amazing and i pretty much feel the same way as mrs montoya about it! it just really makes you think and reflect on life. there are so many lines in there that i took and write down in my little book of quotes. enjoy ever second of it.

  4. The Help was a great book! I loved it and can't wait for the movie to come out in August. My husband, a non-reader, loved the book and will be going to the movies with me!
    I'm grateful that you have the support you need during this time. I always took the day of the "due date" of my non-working pregnancies and went to a spa for a mani-pedi and massage. My husband made that one day special for me. I've had 3 of themand it always helped!
    As for the microwave area, cut out the bottom of the shelf and attach the microwave to the cabinet above. OR you can make the area that the current microwave is in into a vertical plate slot! and place the microwave in a bottom cabinet or some other convienient spot. I'm excited about your home, I think it's beautiful! (I'm a little jealous!)

  5. Ditto what the others have said...the book is FANTASTIC!!! You'll love it. I was sad when I finished it! Plus, they made it into a movie...coming out in August!

    As for the cabinet situation, not sure. I know you're like me and something sticking out or looking botched is going to drive you crazy. I do like the idea of using the spot for convenient...but, hate the idea you'd have to lose counter space for it. I'm short on counter space too and I can't imagine having to put one on my counter. Can you put it down below like someone else mentioned? Then you can close the cabinet door and not have to look at it! Not sure if that would work?

    BTW, I am SO excited about your workshop space!!!!

  6. I loved "The Help." It instantly became one of my all-time favorites. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. Every now and then, it's comforting to lose yourself in a good book!

  7. The Help is SOOOO good! I loved it..... I would love a blog book club... I think that would be fun!

  8. Hey there! I've recently read "The Help". It was insightful about truly compelling ideals that I had not given much thought to before. I highly recommend it! I grew very attached to the characters and finished the book in a couple days while the kiddos slept. Enjoy!
    PS- I just found you on FB through my friend "liking" you. Love your jewelry :)

  9. I loved the "Help", so good! I hope you enjoy it too, and the movie is going to be released sometime this year.

  10. Hi Amber
    So glad to see you have so many projects to keep you busy!

    The pottery barn light is gorgeous, but you can't beet those ikea prices!
    Also, the family I work for have an early 1900 home with a great little walk in nook in their kitchen that they have turned into their pantry. They keep their microwave in there on a shelf. Do you have a closet pantry or walk in pantry that could host your microwave? Might be easyer to instal an electrical outlet then having to chop up your cubbards, and it will give you the extra storage in your actual kitchen for all your cook books. :O)

    Good luck!

  11. I am so happy your liking the book! I was sad to see it come to an end :(

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