You might think it is spring time in Vermont from looking out the window.
Rhododendron coming to bloom
In fact it is more like the dead of winter from the perspective of a Florida snowbird. Cold and cloudy and very windy.
Most of my neighbors have air conditioner units sprouting from their windows. We did have unseasonable hot weather last week, but nothing that tempted me to wrestle with one of those window units.
The woman I bought the condo from had put a lot of work into the place -- new windows and large patio door, new flooring throughout, all freshly painted, updated bath and half bath, all new appliances including a gas fireplace insert (which I fired up yesterday, in June!) I am really happy with it.
However, I did decide to treat myself to new kitchen countertops. The old laminate was worn and I know from watching HGTV house hunters that stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops go together like white and rice.
So I went to Home Depot and ordered new countertops, my birthday present to myself. I had set aside some money from the sale of my house for new furnishings down the road, so why not?
I didn't get granite. I got a manufactured stone with a kind of granite look to it. It's warmer and softer. Mike used to say that glass only had to see me coming and it would break...and he wasn't wrong. I would have to convert all glassware and dishes to plastic or be sweeping glass off the counters and floors on a daily basis.
Frankly, I really, really don't get the attraction of stainless appliances either. They look okay if you never use them. Load the dishwasher once, open the refrigerator a couple times, cook something on the stove -- voila! -- display finger paintings until next cleaning day. And I am quite certain that now that I actually have the coveted stainless, HGTV home buyers will be saying, "Ex, stainless, so dated, this kitchen will have to be all redone. We only have $750,000 in our budget. Can we afford that?"
Anyway, they came last week and made a template, returned yesterday and did the installation. In the between time I retained the cabinets under the sink. I think it looks pretty good now. The plumber will come today and hook the sink back up and I will pretty much set until Kevin moves out and I will have to buy new furniture for the spare bedroom.
Falcon Plumbing, recommended by the woman I bought from, was a pleasure to deal with, not to mention prompt and efficient. Ware-Right was the company that manufactured and installed the countertop that I wanted. They were excellent to work with as well. Very professional, very efficient.
Today I am going to sit back and enjoy the new look.