After pulling out the old machine, the next project was filling the empty space. I wanted to do something that would look like it has always been that way. I didn’t want to leave the impression that we were just trying to fill a gap in the cabinetry. I decided to create a storage space for some of our longer storing produce, such as potatoes, winter squashes and small pumpkins. A root cellar would have been a better option for the potatoes, but since we don’t have one yet this will have to do.
I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. It’s nice to have a handy husband. And it didn’t cost much to build.
As far as doing the dishes goes, it has taken some discipline to wash them in a timely manner. I can think of a hundred other things I’d rather be doing than standing at the sink washing dishes; I have no trouble putting it off for later. I know the best practice is to wash after each meal, and I do try, honestly, but I admit to being easily and willingly distracted. It’s a discipline I’m going to have to acquire. The children do help with the dishes when I ask them to, but I’m not consistent in this regard either. Eventually we will fall into a routine. At the moment I am happy to report that there are no dirty dishes spilling over onto the countertops. 🙂
That’s one more appliance down for the count! We’ve gotten rid of our dryer, our microwave, our upright refrigerator, our coffee maker, and now the dishwasher. I REALLY wish we could replace our flat top stove with a wood cook stove, but that’s a project we’ll have to save up for. For now, our 1930’s wood cook stove sits on the back porch, waiting for a chimney pipe to be installed. One day, I’d love to have one of those gorgeous antique wood cook stoves in my kitchen. Ahhhh… one day.