Broken record…not as much progress as I would like to have seen, but enough to keep us excited.

The kitchen cabinets arrived a day late after being a week late after being two weeks late. Evidently the truck broke down in Plymouth. Sheesh. It’s too bad because had they arrived Wednesday, the guys would have had two days instead of one to install and we’d be much further along. However, or team did get a number of the cabinets in place on Friday. And, while we took a step or two back–the only operable sinks are now in bathrooms, for example–the kitchen is taking shape.

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I was mildly skeptical of carbon-colored cabinets, but I have to say they work. The color looks great against the white walls and ceiling. We waited to see how cabinets would look against the bricks. Not bad, but we will still paint the bricks white too. What will be on the countertops is still up in the air, but counters can’t be initiated until the cabinets are fully in place anyway.

Two other areas of progress. We now have proper treads on the stairway going up from the kitchen, and they look terrific.

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And, the slate in the mudroom is in process.

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That’s all for now. The kitchen will be pivotal. Once we have storage space and an operating kitchen, we’ll be able to clear out a room or two upstairs that now hold boxes and boxes packed with dry goods and cooking, serving and eating stuff. Similarly, the mudroom will provide storage for all manor of things that populate a house. Right now we are simply short on places to put things. We look forward to these next steps in moving in.

Some of you will be aware that my father authored a detailed history called Mosquito Boats: The First Hundred Years of the Cotuit Skiff. Talking about it with an interested friend recently, I pulled out a pdf copy (our physical ones being packed away in some box…sigh). I had never noticed this early 1900s picture that features Laughing Gull Hill in the upper left. (The large structure to its right is Santuit House, the Cape’s first resort hotel.)

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I’ve often said that when our house was built, the vista must have been magnificent, but it’s clear that even as recently as 100 years ago, there were no trees to impede the view.  To give more of a sense, I’ve included a picture of a portion of the view from the neighbors’ who lie on the other side of the trees between us and the water (taken while we enjoyed a cocktail last night).

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