“The heart of the home beats in the kitchen and a healthy one beats three times a day” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana,
Good food and a warm kitchen make a house a home. In 2004, our tropical island kitchen lacked what most would call aesthetically pleasing conveniences, but since we were renting our beach shack in our experiment with ‘pretirement’, we could only dream of the kitchen we would eventually call home.
With only a two-top stove burner and no storage space, we still managed to make our funky kitchen the heart of our home.
In 2010, we returned to our little beach shack as proud owners. The previous renters had painted the entire house Barbie Doll pink. We energetically grabbed our sledge hammers and smashed the old kitchen counters into tiny concrete pieces. Thus began the arduous journey of rebuilding the heart of our home.
New walls, fewer doors, big windows facing the lake views…it was finally coming together. We hired Marvin to make us a metal baker’s rack for storage. At the time, we thought metal was better than wood and open storage was better than closed storage. That was before the swarms of chayules (aquatic gnats ) invaded every crevice in our kitchen.
In 2013, House Hunter’s International came to film us for our episode “The Retirees and the Volcano.” I know what you are thinking. Yes, we had owned our house for three years and it was due for a new vibrant paint job before they filmed.
Let me just say that all reality shows are not reality. At least it motivated us to paint our house and WOW did it change the heart of our home.
We cook at home together almost every evening. Our kitchen is the central and most important room in our house. It is a great way for us to connect with our neighbors and friends. It is our gathering place for making cookies, nacatamales, art projects, and sorting my library books.
With our last big chayule swarm, I said, “Enough!” It was time to enclose all of our food, Pre-Columbian artifacts, and kitchen appliances. I designed kitchen cabinets and hired Herman to make them for me.
I didn’t realize that he built our cabinets in one l-o-n-g piece. It was a feat of wild maneuvers to place them in our kitchen.
I love this family of master craftsmen.
My kitchen is complete! It is safe from swarming chayules and now it is truly the heart of my home where our healthy hearts beat three times a day…at least!
What room is the heart of your home?