My kingdom for a toaster~

Mon mari's ears are burning.

Or, at least, they should be. 

I have been cursing him roundly for the last 4 hours.

He, smart man that he is, escaped to the plumbing store in order to fix the shower drain.

You guessed it!  The move is has not gone as smoothly as one could hope.

We said 'au revoir' to Vlad's house yesterday afternoon, after 3 trips hauling stuff by mon mari and 7 hours of packing and cleaning by yours truly.

At our house, this is what we needed to turn into a bedroom of sorts….


Which we did. Emma supervised; Sedi couldn't be bothered.


The reason I'm less then pleased with mon mari today is this:


We have 2 rooms, plus the barn and the upstairs stacked with boxes.

Mon mari packed the kitchen.

It started out well.  The early numbered boxes have descriptions like:

101.  Murano wine glasses, bowls from Slovenia, tall crystal candlesticks, 6 blue and white plates

As time went on one can tell he was getting bored:

127.  White dishes
128.  More white dishes

Then he started getting snippy:

137.  Stuff she never uses

Finally, he just said to hell with it all:

145.  Miscellaneous
146.  Miscellaneous
147.  Miscellaneous

Followed by:

150.  Last minute stuff
151.  Last minute stuff….
168.  Last minutes stuff

So far today, I have gone through 10 boxes of "Last minute stuff" and I still have not found 2 plates, 2 forks and 2 knives so that we can eat.

Wouldn't you think that those would be last minutes packing?  I mean, we ate those last few days, didn't we?

Last night we ate a pizza using our hands and paper towels for plates.

There are over 68 kitchen boxes. Wouldn't you think that he might have labeled the things I use the most, like the teapot and coffee mugs?

I know exactly where the large turkey platter I last used 15 years ago at Thanksgiving is….

But I have no idea where the coffee maker is….

My morning did not get off to a good start.

It would be different if the kitchen were finished and I could just unpack them all.  But this is what I have to work with for the next few days.


On the other hand, isn't our shower door lovely?


In case it isn't obvious, the small panel swings, but it's a 'walk-in' shower.

And I'm very pleased with the laundry/pantry room… Which stared looking like this:


And now looks like this:


I had every intention of posting a delectable recipe today….

But I really need to go search for the toaster….

Maybe tomorrow.

21 thoughts on “My kingdom for a toaster~”

  1. But Chere, you are in France!
    A baguette, a hunk of cheese and a bottle of wine (for the love of god, find the corkscrew..)
    Are all that you need.
    Your shower is indeed lovely, and since you have no kitchen yet.. I can’t help but think of the Seinfeld episode when Kramer starts showering with his produce to combine tasks..

  2. Oh, Kate, I can so relate! We had 3 storage buildings full of our stuff and packed so tight you couldn’t get to the back and of course the last stuff that went on the truck (essentials like coffee pot, mugs, plates and silverware) were the first to be unloaded to the way back of the unit – never to be seen for months. Our labeling became as manic as yours at the end. Sorry to laugh, but what else can you do? You have my complete empathy. Penny

  3. Well as long as you can see the light at then of the tunnel it will be all good. In the meantime pizza will have to do:D But I do look forward to more of your delicious treats:D

  4. You can do laundry and shower, so it’s all good. You can always go out for coffee or dinner, but going out to shower doesn’t work as well. Hope you find the essentials soon and your husband survives!

  5. Katie what more could you want: you have running water, a toilet that flushes, a shower with a door that swings, a washer and dryer AND beds to sleep on . . . gosh woman . . .
    137 -138 . . . that is a total classic my friend.
    Get a cork screw, that should make it ok.

  6. Hey… new house??? You’ve got your Turkish delight!
    I was pleasantly surprised to see you following Kate as well.

  7. I know it’s wrong to laugh at others’ misfortunes; I really do. But I just can’t help myself!! I was pretty much in control until I got to “stuff she never uses”. And from there, well, you know…
    The rest of the house looks fabulous!! Congratulations on being able to be in your own place. And from the looks of things, you don’t need plates just yet, you could eat off the beautifully pristine floor in the laundry room. And knives and forks? Phhtt!! what are fingers for? 😉
    (I like Tanna’s idea too. And if you can’t find the corkscrew, you can always resort to marc – that comes in a screwtop bottle, doesn’t it?)

  8. Oh dear, I feel your pain! That’s how I felt our last days (and first days) of moving. Just keep up hope – it will all be worth it in the end and your house will be so lovely and wonderful – just look at what you have already accomplished with so little!!! xoxo

  9. Oh Katie, I hate unpacking my kitchen and I’ve been guilty of packing the toaster and plates in a place I couldn’t find.
    Can’t wait to see your new oven in place!! But think, shower and heat!?

  10. Kate
    Tks! for make me feel normal!!!!I’m a brazilian expat women, so when I move I have many boxes full of my stufs, and sometimes I ask to me : Why I have so many things to carry????????

  11. If you get him to take you out to dinner every night until the essentials come to light – perhaps that would get things moving quicker? What you’ve achieved so far is fabulous – and I hope that you are warmer now you’re out of Vlad’s place?
    Good luck

  12. Penny, But we’re supposed to know better; this is our 4th major move! But, we hadn’t planned on this much of a delay… It’ll be funny next year.
    Val, as long as the lights not a train.
    Natashya, I remember that episode – good idea! It was good pizza and we had wine…
    Lynn, showering is key…He’ll live.
    Zoomie, he’s been very today – doing whatever I ask!
    Maria, we found it – in time for breakfast.
    Scott, so do I! This one is very, very old….
    Hi Teresa!
    Tanna, I know, I really need to stop complaining.
    Elizabeth, got the corkscrew… And it is really good not to have to leave at the end of the day.
    Michelle, I feel so much better now that I can have coffee.
    Breadchick, for the first time in 4 months, we are warm… Might even have to give up 1 layer of long underwear…
    Lulu, good thing he doesn’t read the blog… or not…
    Glaucia, I wonder that myself… all the time! It’s ridiculous – but I keep doing it.
    Joanna, the problem is, he’d be happy with that plan… He could quit work earlier every day…

  13. Is that a freezer in your laundry room? At this point in time, my washing machine is in the bathroom, where the old bidet had been, my dryer is downstairs in my bedroom because I didn’t want to put a brand new appliance outside, and my upright freezer is in my living room because one of us has never closed in the old entree to be a temporary laundry (i.e.; storage) room, which is where the freezer was intended to go.
    See, look on the bright side. You’ve got a beautiful room for all three!

  14. On the one hand, I could say “Poor Katie”…on the other hand I could say”Katie has a beautiful home in FRANCE and I don’t!!!” Tough decision!

  15. Oh, men are all alike.
    Stuff She Never Uses.
    I hear that all the time.
    The bedroom looks cozy! And the shower is wonderful

  16. Azurienne, it is nice – we had the dryer outside for 4 months at Vlad’s. It doesn’t work as well in freezing weather outside….
    Cindy, I’ll go for the sympathy… Right now anyway….
    Mimi, aren’t they just! As if he uses everything in his shop!

  17. great blog i gotta say. thanks for the information alot of stuff i didnt know i thought this was about something like mickey toasters

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