Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Thursday, February 07, 2008
A light over the stove
When we built our home, we didn’t do a particularly great job planning the lighting in the kitchen. There’s a light over the sink, and then another overhead light in the middle of the room. We added a fluorescent light under a cabinet. But there’s no light over the stove, an omission that our friend Dick immediately noticed. He knows my hubby leads an extremely busy life, but for a number of years he has ragged him about the lack of a light over the stove. In fact, one time, just before Dick and his wife came by for a visit, we hung a dollar-store lantern on a nail over the stove where a clock had once hung. Then my hubby called Dick into the kitchen and proudly pointed out the light over the stove. Time has gone on and the lantern, no longer working, continues to hang over the stove.
Last Saturday afternoon, Mr. T proposed an excursion to Lowe’s and Home Depot. He has a little bit more free time than he once had (but not much!), and he wanted to go look for a real light to go over the stove. He was thinking to use a type of swag lighting that could plug into an outlet, so that he wouldn’t need to tear into the walls or ceiling to rewire anything. (He had helped our son-in-law install this sort of swag lamp on our last visit to Nevada, and thought it would work well for what we needed over the stove.)
Our search was fruitless. The man at Lowe’s told us they used to carry all sorts of lamps like we were looking for, but no more. It seems maybe we waited just a little bit too long to put a light over the stove!
However, we managed to still make our trip worthwhile by stopping for supper at our favorite diner. A meat loaf dinner for Mr. T and a hot turkey sandwich for me, plus a shared dessert of Toll House Pie, went a long way toward assuaging our disappointment over the light.
Our next strategy is to check the thrift stores and consignment shops... whenever we can find a little free time. Maybe we will have a light over the stove by the next time Dick visits.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.