Saturday, June 20, 2009

A New Kitchen

It has been eight months since we left home for this opportunity to serve. We can't believe how fast time passes!

This post will likely be of most interest to our family. Just a short update about our little apartment.

Remember the early pictures of our apartment? Here's one or two to remind you what the kitchen looked liked. The tile was black with dirt and grease and there was virtually no counter top space.

But we have been working on it for nearly eight months, now -- whenever we could find a few minutes here and there. We figure we will be living here for about two years and it is worth it to make it a little nicer. And the couple who follows us here will likely appreciate it, as well.

Note the homemade bread on the counter. The bread here tends to be a bit heavy and stale. So we make all of our own bread. And boy is it good! Of course, there is a down side. It seems that we have this uncontrollable urge to eat a good chunk of it just as it comes out of the oven! Hot bread and honey -- yummy! You see, we have this great bread recipe that is easy and irresistible. You ought to try it sometime (inside joke)!

But we try to keep our landlord from learning about the improvements. We hear that if one makes such improvements and the landlord finds out, they have been know to raise the rent because the place is much nicer and worth more now!! Go figure!

As you can see, we've added a bit of counter top by shifting things around in the apartment, dug out and replaced the grout (and yes, it was VERY difficult!), covered the mess under the sink and changed the hangers for kitchen tools, etc. It has made a big difference and we like it a lot better!

We've also added quite a bit of new shelving here and there. For example, though the spice rack between the wall cabinets appears in all of these pictures, it was actually one of the first things we added. There's probably one or two more things we will do, yet, but it's coming along pretty good.

Next post -- the new bathroom!


Anonymous said...

hi mike and melba I haven't seen your website for a while can't believe it's been eight months I see you have been having a lot of fun. ha ha hope the landlord dosn't find out about your improvments or they may raise the rent.

Anonymous said...

the above was signed by Deborah

Lindsie, DJ and Jarod said...

I guess I am not on the "inside" because I don't know the bread joke. You guys were in the home improvement mode with the place up on midway, so I guess you just took that with you to Mongolia.

meglex said...

Leave it to you to fix everything up real nice. You will have that place in tip top shape by the time you leave.
Happy Fathers Day Dad!! Thanks for putting up with me all of these years. I love you!!

The Cowley Clan said...

Looks good! We've heard about the bathroom and can't wait to see pictures of it as well!

Cindy said...

That's great that your fixing the place up. If there is a question about raising the rent, tell them your taking it with you but you'll leave it if things stay the same.

David Osborn said...

Oh! I am glad you cleaned up the goat entrails and stuff from the previous weeks posting! The place actually looks kind of spotless ! Learn that goat recipe and you can WOW your friends upon your return!