Another week flies by

and i don’t feel like we accomplished much, but thinking back on it…. the week that flew by did have it’s accomplishments.  Writing is cathartic.  I’d forgotten that.. I’ve lost that, looking forward to regaining this self-therapy.

We: chose our siding (still need to choose our stone/brick), did a lot more packing/purging, nailed down our “move out date” (less than 2 weeks!), arranged our hydro move, attended several church meetings/events, planned and executed a family Niagara touring day… and the list goes on, making the writer feel more productive! 🙂

In the past week’s news – we watched and grieve with those who were injured or lost family killed senselessly in the Danforth shooting (Toronto) and we grieve the passing of a dear young woman, Sherri Merritt who lost her life in a tragic car accident last Monday.   We grieve with the families of Sherri that are also dear lifetime long friends, especially her 13 yr old son, Donovan and her parents, Karl & Bev.

It was a busy week with evening commitments and long days at work – but we still managed to get most of the office packed up, and more of the kitchen.  Sold another dresser and again.. expanded the size of the job!   We are now gutting the ENTIRE main floor, including the office and our bedroom,  replacing those windows, flooring and walls as well.   I think we’ve reached the capacity of what we can/are doing.. unless we tackle the basement at the same time… shhhh.. i did NOT say that!

img_2217Packing up the office was/is tough.  Lots of memories in files and in desk drawers.  Old photos and letters.. I had a couple of drawers of childhood mementos (including the above Child’s Prayer that hung in the bedroom I shared with my sister, Judi) that I wasn’t ready to part with the last time i did a purge..but we’re letting them go now.  I’m glad I found this..  It may be my evening prayer through this journey.    Also found a couple old fun letters from friends/family dating back 25 yrs. I’ve decided to mail them back to the people who wrote them to me as they are filled with their own thoughts and time capsules.

Office “Before” pics, actually “mid packing”.. including an Elliptical we’re selling.  Any takers??

I ordered a 20 yrd waste bin  – Bill thought we were getting a 12yrd.. and what we received instead was a 40!  It fills 2/3 of the driveway.. but it will come in handy, as it’s lower in height ,and has back doors we can walk into, making it much easier for the demo.



Bill did a vanload run to Bibles for Missions of purged items, asking them and Foodland both for boxes.  They offered to hold on to any boxes throughout the day if we picked up end of day.  Foodland for the WIN.. we got great heavy duty boxes from them that will easily pack up the rest of the kitchen, pantry and our belongings.

Saturday we took a break with dear cousins who were visiting from out of town, to take them on a tour of our lovely wine region.  It was a great day of exploring, tasting, learning, savouring and spending quality time with loved ones. img_2244


We actually managed to cook for ourselves on Friday.. Grilled Italian sausage and zucchini from the garden, with roasted mini potatoes & sage.  (LOVE grilled sage..SO YUM) as promised.. here’s a bit of food porn to bring us back to the original intent of “Bill and Amy’s Kitchen”…                                       Bon Appetit!



Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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