The idea of having a home has been a somewhat painful topic for me ever since we married. … I won’t get into all that. Take my word for it. So I just want to say that … I think I’m finally emotionally attaching to a place and making it our own.
(How long we will have it, how long we will live here and not in Kiev, will it be bombed in a war … well, we’ll leave all those speculations aside for now.)
I won’t take time to describe all of what this house was like, but one of the first things V did was put in running water–that means, kitchen sink, bathtub, toilet, bathroom sink. … Are you tired yet? 🙂 It gets better!
The huge storage room we converted into a bathroom. It has our washer and dryer in it, along with the other things, including a pump for accessing well water.
In the main room, we eventually removed the huge pechka–that’s a huge brick, clay, dome-ish wood-heated stove. (We did bake/cook in it for a while, and that was cool 🙂 )
The second room is our sleeping room. I won’t go into that for now. When we started the rehab center 3-4 years ago now, the guys lived in this house. A year or so ago, we started building a new building on this property, behind the house, and the rehab center is now there– the first floor is done.
Anyway, all that to say! As of today, in our house, we have modern windows and doors, and we bought a new stove. I’m going to put before/after pictures here:
First, the back door. Do you see this window behind me, to the right of the frig?
It is now this:
This stove–on the right, black and white? with drawers beside it?
It’s now this! A 5-burner, wide, Georgian-made gas oven/stove. (thanks to my friend who encouraged me to get the big stove 🙂 )
With the drawers/counter moved, I’m using this pechka jar for my utensils– I think I’ll paint it– and this mostly-unused tray to hold it all with salt, pepper, etc.
I also, after all the construction work, finally wiped down all the display shelves, so here’s one that I decorated, with the real spindle (found in the attic, I think) that we display underneath:
I am exhausted, so that is all for now.
Thank you, God. I’ll enjoy it while you’ve given it to me to enjoy.