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Friday, December 23, 2011

What Does your Kitchen Reveal about You??

I am the Mom, which means that I rarely get my picture taken. Actually, that's just fine, I prefer the other side of the camera much better. But, like we say around here, they're gonna need some pictures for my funeral one day, so I encourage the kiddos to pick up the camera once in a while and point it my way. As I was skimming through this file of pictures looking for some cookie making one's for another post (and passing them all over because of the un-cropped nature of them since we all know that blog pictures have to be perfect) I stopped and took a closer look. What I saw was my life revealed in the un-cropped portions.

One of my absurd interests is to check out people's refrigerators when I visit their homes: refrigerators reveal who we are. See mine?? That's the real me. Chaos with pictures plastered one on top of the other: pictures of people I love, people I miss, people who are in my life. Intermingled are words: school work, verses, names, advertisements of favorite author appearances, VBS projects, car magnets, and age old Christmas cards. I am most content in the chaos of life, and I don't mind the jumble, as long as those I love are surrounding me.

Then I see the vintage-print apron, the old sink, the bead board, and the new counter top. The new looking like the old; maybe it reveals the longing for the way things used to be. Next I see the food: I can minister with food. Food is easy; everybody likes food.

And I see the dirty dishes on the cupboard. Most day's they bug me, and I'd be bugging a teen-age girl to do her chores. But look to the left . . . Kids grow up too fast to always fuss over dirty dishes.

Cropped out of this picture is the dog who is usually in the kitchen with me; usually getting shooed out because she wants to help, too. And if you could see close enough, you would see all the unfinished trim work that reveals our flitting from one project to another, just for the sheer joy of trying something new.
Ultimately, though, what these photos reveal is that I am certainly bound to prove that I have inherited that strong genetic gene of the double chin; especially if I keep eating all those Christmas cookies for breakfast.


Brenda said...

Cute! My kitchen reveals that I live alone and am a busy woman. Yes, the dishes in my sink bother me, but there's goats out there having babies! Ya gotta have priorities. :D

TheLazyJ said...

Yes, priorities Brenda! Kids growing up too fast, horses to ride, gardens to tend, pictures to take, coffee to drink. :)

Terri, we could be twins! Other than the cooking thing and that double chin, that description sounds JUST like me! lol!

cmarie said...

Christmas cookies and morning coffee - it's a delicious time of year! Merry Christmas to your heart and your family!

Anne said...

Your kitchen looks like a place that a person could walk into and instantly feel completely welcome and at home. It looks comfortable and loving. And the cookies look yummy!

ForeverInMyHeart said...

I absolutely love the last picture!!! :)

Donna OShaughnessy said...

I too love to snoop ...into peoples picture backgrounds. How do they hang their pictures? Are they measured distance or haphazrd? Are they everything on the counter folk or everything IN the cupboard folk ? Is the floor made of marble or is it the dream floor I want-concrete with a huge drain in the middle so I can hose it down twice a day?

So with all that said, I LOVE your back ground pics. They are honest...just like you, Terri. And worry not about that double chin, when you get three like me then you can fret.

OurCrazyFarm said...

I was sitting here about crying over Christmas, and then find all your comments ladies!

Why did you have to be so wonderful people??!!

Wish I was delivering goat babies with you Brenda!

Ummm .... Traci, we are twins, I think mom forgot to tell you:)) goofball

Mmm~mmm, the cookies were yummy! We did share some with the neighbors, too!

Thanks Casey:))

I'll stop fretting then, Donna~ what a great perspective!! I do only have 1 double chin afterall:))

Teresa said...

My kitchen is always in motion, rarely ever clean:0 I can't believe I just wrote that.
Merry Christmas to you and to your family Terri. Hugs to you, you are in my prayers.

Dicky Bird said...

A house or a home...we "live" in ours - so I guess a home! "Pots and pans will always keep, but not little hands and feet!" Merry Christmas Blessings from Ringle - wish you were closer to hug.

Dalyn (AKA The Queen of Quite Alot) said...

I think you and I are so alike- my kitchen is much like yours and my fridge is chaos! Merry Christmas beautiful!

Teresa said...

Thinking and praying for you this Christmas day!

Jeannette Stauffer said...

Love your kitchen and you! My kitchen says there are always more dishes to wash, I like looking at artwork of my girls b/c they hang from the cupboards, we like goodies, it probably says there about 4 of us, and we aren't rich b/c it needs remodeling.

Sherry Sutherby said...

I love this post. I agree with Anne ~ your kitchen looks like you would be comfortable immediately! You remind me so much of my childhood friend, Dorothy, of LaCrosse. Must be a Wisconsin thing...:) As for fridges, I have none. I don't even have a stove. I do, however, have a chin...a triple like Donna! :~)

Shoshannah said...

Thinking of you and praying for you today, Terri. Also being blessed by your book.

Shoshannah said...

I love the photo of you and Trent on page 93. The one where you are wearing the old-fashioned hatt and dress. Such mother-son love in that happy embrace!

*~*~*~*~Tonia said...

LOVE IT!! My kitchen is in a Constant state of chaos.. Right now between the holidays, milking, babies and everyday stuff...Well its been cleaned 2-3 times a day and still messy when we go to bed.. I don't feel so bad now about"flitting" from one project to the next.. I have Many unfinished projects...MANY.....Lol
Praying for you and your family..

OurCrazyFarm said...

Thank you for your sweet thoughts and prayers friends! They were much appreciated . . . I am feeling very blessed:))

{{Hugs}} to you Teresa! Your love is felt all the way across the states that separate us:))

I always say that, too, DickyBird "we live in our house"!

I agree, Dalyn, "so alike"~ I hope our mansions in heaven are close together:))

Sherry~ you always make me smile:)) I'd love to read a couple of posts on your no stove or fridge lifestyle! My triple chin is coming soon enough ~ the genetics are too strong in my family to not get one, or two, or three!

Shoshannah~ I am humbled, blessed, and encouraged always by your comments. Praying for you today:)) God is good.

And Tonia~ I am so glad you are feeling better! In a few more weeks I'll {Lord willing} have milk supplies overflowing in my kitchen, too.

Good to hear from you Jeanette~ hope all is going well for you with the new changes.

Kristina said...

I love your Kitchen and I love your apron. I need to learn how to sew so I can make myself one.