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  1. Roberta
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:19 pm

    “A man who tells me that EVEN IN DEATH, I will be overly particular… and that when I get to the River Styx, I will be all— I do not like this boat… do you have another one?”

    Girl, forget the kitchen. WHERE IS YOUR BOOK?

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    • Linda Montgomery
      August 30, 2017 @ 12:32 pm

      And so life goes on and you, you lucky lucky woman, have a life partner who is not only sticking and staying but building you your dream kitchen!! There is no expiration date on loving a person or an animal after they’ve moved on. (wanted to say left us, but they don’t ever really leave us, do they?)
      I hope that something shiny (and blue perhaps?) will inspire you to move forward with the kitchen. And that one day soon, one of your fosters will grab your heart in a way that says “let’s stick and stay too!” Sending warm, fuzzy thoughts your way.
      Best,
      Linda

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      • Karen Gilbert
        August 30, 2017 @ 7:15 pm

        Lovely reply Linda

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    • Jacqui
      August 30, 2017 @ 12:57 pm

      EXACTLY!!

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    • Judie Peters
      August 30, 2017 @ 9:09 pm

      Elvis would purfur black. Oh wait, what was the question?

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    • Ana
      September 1, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

      Gotta agree with Roberta! Write! I laugh, no matter what, every time I read something you have written, my goodness you have a way with it! Thank you for being you in all your outrageous glory. Carry on girl you are a wonder!

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    • Debbie
      September 10, 2017 @ 8:27 am

      Dear Extraordinaire VEB,
      Since the house holds so many memories of Elvis, perhaps it would be better to move?
      Or challenge Mr. Barnes to complete the kitchen?
      L’chaim!

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  2. Martha Berry
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    I like the blue.

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  3. Lisa
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    Perhaps an interior designer can help you get over your kitchen apathy? Just to make the decisions easier? Love your posts and approach to life!

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    • Suzanne Melton
      August 30, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

      Lisa! I think you’re right! A designer would allow VEB to say “No!” many times until she gets to “Yes!”

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  4. LaurieB in PA
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

    So what color did you decide upon. After all that…

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  5. Alicia
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

    I really enjoy your blog! I have been curious about something though esp given this post. Do you have a job? I mean, i know you must make money from your blog, I meant a job outside of the house. Cheers!

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    • Pamela Reid
      August 30, 2017 @ 7:08 pm

      Sorry, but |I am going to say this, even if VEB is too tactful to, but what the f… do you need to know that for??? Are you suggesting that she needs to get a job to help make a decision about the interior of her house?? Or are you saying that she is obsessing too much about this decision? That is none of your business one way or another! Be respectful that this beautiful woman( both inside and out ) is sharing her inner feelings to us! She is wanting advise for decorating and wishing for some support in making her decision. Not a ” what are you doing with your life? Oh and BTW, how much money do you make?” We, as women, as human beings, are all surrounded by enough negativity, that we certainly don’t need to hear it from a stranger that is so willing to write down such flippant and intrusive questions. VEB, I expect you read all of these comments, so if this is not suitable for publishing, please feel free to delete my response, but that was just so damn rude!

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      • Susan
        August 30, 2017 @ 11:22 pm

        Over react much?

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        • Cheryl
          August 31, 2017 @ 8:42 am

          I agree. Pretty sure Alicia is just trying to get to know VEB a little better, and maybe even have one more thing to admire her for.

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        • Lynn
          August 31, 2017 @ 2:49 pm

          I agree. I have been reading for a few years now and have always been curious. We all have lives beyond a blog. Once, VEB mentioned life was crazy and alluded to it being work / career / job / non-house related, what have you.

          I literally came back to this comment thread 24 hours after I read it to see if she had answered because frankly, I like her and her writing and am simply curious to what she does. Even if what she does is not have a job. Still cool.

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  6. Emily
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

    Oh, man. I so relate to much of this. I lost my 20 year old cat and my two (elderly) puppies in a three month span and I’m still just sitting around feeling shell-shocked and numb. I was never good at making decisions, but now when anyone asks me anything I just want to explode at them in anger and irritation, or curl up in a ball under the bed. Or maybe both. I hope we both find a way back. Good luck.

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    • fixitchick
      August 30, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

      Under the bed is where you will find the best fur bunnies to cry into. It is where I find mine. I have no words except to express my heartfelt condolences.

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  7. Charity
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:25 pm

    I love the black with gold accents!

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  8. Suzen
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:25 pm

    VEB, I get it. I cannot even figure out a new toilet and vanity for our creepy bathroom, after restoring our entire Victorian home. Gads! I too get that suffocated high pitched brain squeal and then just go on to other more important things in life. Such as cleaning up after my 19 year old cat who doesn’t recognize litter boxes any more, before my husband (Paul) sneaks him off to the vet. PS Will someone please tell Thad that there is entirely too much hardware in that kitchen?

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  9. Karan
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:26 pm

    And, your original question was……….?

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  10. Lesely
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

    Oh. I thought the story was about choosing between French Blue and Portuguese Blue.

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  11. Jackie
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:31 pm

    Daffodil yellow. Very soothing.

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  12. Lisa K.
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    I love your blog so much. You are a wonderful writer and so funny! I agree with Roberta, you should write a book!

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  13. TucsonPatty
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    These comments are you, and then Paul. “I know how you feel…” versus “What color did you decide?” This insidiousness of an ongoing, even if it is a “mild”(is there even such a thing?) depression is debilitating. I wish you recovery.

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  14. Kathleen L.
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:39 pm

    I have been wondering for MONTHS what was going on with your kitchen. I almost emailed you a few times, as if it was any of my business! You left us at the piano island and I still want to see it in its finished glory.
    It all makes sense now. 🙂

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  15. fixitchick
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:40 pm

    Grief paralysis is not uncommon. Brain chemistry can be a tricky thing, and this fog of yours may have become your brains ‘new normal’. If that is the case, it may be time to give your brain the equivalent of a triple espresso and talk to your doctor about ways to do that. If nothing else, having an MD science speak to RagePaul may entitle you to breakfast in bed, wine and cheese in the bath, and daily foot massages as a prescription for seratonin boosting. Like any good dictator knows, the support of minions is essential to a well run Queendom.

    Speaking of Queendoms, and the kitchens therein, is La Cornue only [hahaha, what I wouldn’t give for ‘only’] doing your stove? Are they willing to throw in any cabinetry? because if so, it may actually make sense to delegate to Paul [?!? the horror] and get that stuff in your house before they change their minds. You can always sell it later if you find a better option. Personally I would go for the blue. I think the blue would be the best match for your piano island. Plus, Blue Suede Shoes = happy Elvis memory. Get the blue. If you change your mind, I will happily come and get it and remove it from your kitchen myself. Yes, the blue one. It would go splendidly in my kitchen. Absolutely the blue. It will also be easier to find other accessories that match. Not that making things easier for oneself should be considered a valid reason to do anything.

    Sending hugs and love. From a woman who still cries when unearthing the random dust bunnies of fur left by my recently departed [only 7 weeks] beloved Satchmo, I very clearly feel where you are.

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    • Erin
      August 30, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

      I named my childhood cat Satchmo! I’m so sorry for your loss, saying goodbye to our furry friends is crushing.

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    • Jeanie
      September 1, 2017 @ 5:44 pm

      Very good advice! And it’s free!

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  16. Vickie H.
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

    Love all these kitchens….please visit a therapist….life-altering….blue hits every hot button for me….how lucky can you GET???!!!! La Cornue!!! WOW!!!!

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  17. Lorie
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:42 pm

    ❤️

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  18. Karen Simon Peterson
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:42 pm

    The blue……is perfect

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  19. Jayne
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

    Give and take, that’s the secret to a long life and marriage. You give a little and you get back what you need to take. We love your adventures. I thought I wanted a spectacular stove, but why would I want to be beholden to a stove and chained to a life in the kitchen that I am not suited to in this life. I dont need a million dollar stove to warm up a dinner or make rice and chicken for a sick pet. (Oh I have nursed so many). Thank you for taking us along on your adventures in making your house a home!

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  20. Michelle
    August 30, 2017 @ 12:45 pm

    You are my people. ✊🏻

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