Radical changes have occurred! My computer and the camera's card reader are currently on the outs, but soon there will be pictures. In the meantime, enjoy this short update:
While we were on vacation, dry wall guy and tape/spackle guy arrived and created amazing walls and a ceiling in the new kitchen area. Ken then primered the walls and primered and painted the ceiling. He installed light fixtures. He started putting the trim around the windows.
Amazing SIL, who is an interior designer, helped us choose a color palette and materials for the flooring, backsplash, countertop, and walls. We had already chosen the cabinets.
We chose and purchased a dishwasher. (I've never had one so I nerdily read the instruction manual, even though the thing is still in the box.) Paint will be going on the walls shortly. Cabinets are arriving May 21. Lots of things are happening! We're hoping that in roughly a month I will have a usable kitchen and Ken can gut the existing piece o'crap kitchen. Exciting! Rejuvenating! Enthralling!