Sunday, November 19, 2006

The Kitchen Looks Funny
Without A Tree In It, And
The Living Room Just
Doesn't Look Right
Without The Refrigerator


I know I'm scandalously overdue for a blog update, but this is what I have been doing with my free time since my last post:

























No, the knobs aren't on the cabinets, and the new door needs a frame, and the cover plates aren't on the electric switches yet, and the wood trim isn't painted ... but the kitchen at Mom's house in New Orleans is painted, tiled, grouted, plugged in, hooked up and can be used. All the little things should be done by Thanksgiving -- electric cover plates first. Meanwhile, everything works, and Mom can cook dinner on her gas stove for the first time in more than a year.

And there are the refrigerator and the microwave, back in the kitchen where they belong. I'm really grateful for how well the repairs have come along on a shoestring, so far. This business of making a house in New Orleans livable again is tiresome, folks. And Mom was one of the lucky ones, with relatively minor damages.

Seeing things starting to go back into place after fourteen months makes me think of growing up during the Cold War. Among the few things we were allowed to learn about the people of the USSR was that they spent about half their lives waiting in various lines for bread, milk and basic supplies ... and that they displayed their appliances in their living rooms by way of bragging rights, because they were so hard to come by.


The people of New Orleans are doing exactly that right now. If you want Sheetrock, you'd better be in line at Home Depot whent he sun comes up.

I'm just glad Mom has a kitchen she can use.

You may have noticed that in my exuberance I am posting a photo of the kitchen before it's quite done, just as I often blog photos of completed knitted items prior to blocking.

I am nothing if not consistent.

We shall return to our normal knitting content presently.

--Mambocat




5 Comments:

At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Barbara-Kay said...

Yeah for your hard work! A house isn't a home without a kitchen, and you have been a wonderful daughter to restore this all to a home.

Cold war shopping is right! For months, even here in Zachary, I never knew what I would be able to find at the store. One day I came home saying - "Look! They had toilet paper!" Katrina has changed the way I buy hurricane supplies, that's for sure!

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger sogalitno said...

Brava to you and your mom! She is lucky to have you!

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Flemisa said...

Congratulations! Every step forward is worth celebrating. To be so close to completion must give you great satisfaction.
Have a great Thanksgiving. I hope you can find many, many things to give thanks for that you might not have even considered two years ago BK (before Katrina).

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous naomi dagen bloom said...

you are so right, dez. all of us out here in nonKatrinaland cannot imagine what day-to-day life is like for people in the gulf coast.
we thank you for being such a determined woman/daughter/citizen. i add my wishes to those above for a good turkey day. yours, naomi

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger LornaJay said...

Whoopee! I can *so* sympathise - I'm currently climbing scaffolding to get to the bathroom....

 

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