For those of you who thought this day would never come, I bring you:
I never gave up hope.
And Alberto eventually came through.
Now I need to think about replacing that lone light bulb, currently taped to the bottom shelf, with real lighting fixtures.
In the meantime, while I filled up my new shelves with all the dishes that had been packed into my bookshelves on the other side of the kitchen, I moved a few other things around.
My little ceramic wall hanging went up in the entrance to the pantry.
And this pretty print I bought from an artist in Nice went up in its place. It is a picture of the lovely little market we had visited the day before, and the print takes me right back to it.
This is the view of the living room from the kitchen. Alberto made me matching shelves for in there as well.
And the couch with a couple of the pillow covers I made this winter.
The To Do list is still long, and I am taking it slowly. But with each little step, it feels a little bit more like home.