I'm slowly settling into my new house and while I miss the neighborhood vibe of my old hood I do love the house. His playroom is coming along and the backyard is cleared for the swingset arriving in three weeks and this is all very exciting. What's not exciting? Our cook top:
I could live with the fact that its not gas, and I could live with the fact that its original to the house built in 1988, and while I love the vent that pulls all cooking smells outdoors, the issue is the cooking space. Two burners and a huge grill contraption. I am baffled at taking up half the stove with a grill. Did they not have grills in 1988? This is the South. Grilling is part of the social code of conduct. Outdoor grilling. Also, how messy would grilling on an electric stove get?! At first I thought I can still cook on it and waited 55 minutes for water to boil on the grill. It never did. The previous owners did a lot of updating to the house with lovely tiled bathrooms and granite countertops and a stainless steel dishwasher but I am dumbfounded how they lived in this house for 24 years and were not perplexed by the stove. Based on the absolute flawless condition the vintage stovetop is in I can only presume they did not cook-- ever. Do any of you reading use such a stove? Replacing it is not as easy as I imagined since no one makes cook tops this size anymore. They are either a great deal bigger, or a few inches smaller than the given space. So. We have to replace the entire island with new granite and a new stove. We'll also switch out to gas while we're at it. In the meantime I cook one-dish meals and embrace the oven.
First world problems, I know.
***Something strange this way happened as my son now sleeps in until 9am every day [knock on wood, throw salt over shoulder, hang evil eye amulet over crib]. Considering we began our mornings around 6:45, this is a lovely new development. However, corresponding with this new development is a befuddlement as to what time to put the little guy down for his nap. He still wants a nap but I am not sure what time as noon is way too early after one wakes at 9am. Do your little ones wake at the blessed hour of nine or so? What time do they go down for naps? When did your little one stop taking naps? My best friend still naps her daughter who is five but another friend said her doctor urged her to quit at 28 months but
***I am no Suzy Homemaker so cleaning tips are not something you've ever seen on this blog and likely will never see again but I had to share my most recent cleaning discovery should it be of interest to someone reading like did you know vinegar plus water creates the best cleaning product out there? Particularly for hard wood floors? I've used so many different cleaning solutions on these hardwood floors but they always looked a bit off until I tried this combination today and voila-- smooth shiny floors you could eat a meal on without any harsh chemicals-- and vinegar? It's cheap.
In other cleaning enlightenments the best way to clean glass? Use regular old windex or vinegar + water + a dash of dish soap but the key in amazing clean? Use newspapers to wipe, not paper towels. It has changed my life. Streak-free wonderfully clean windows. It may be that this news is akin to me telling you that pedicures help toes look pretty but if this is news to you too, try it-- its not only greener, and cheaper, the effects are cleaner.