I am also tickled pink with the location of our temporary housing. When I first learned we would be relocating here, I said to my husband "I just want to live in a place by the beach for at least a month. It can be a teeny little apartment - as long as I can walk to the beach!" Well, I got my beach wish. Here's the view from the balcony off the bedroom:
That said, as the title of the post implies, there are a few minor downsides to this living arrangement. First of all, this is a furnished apartment and all of our stuff is in storage, so I hardly have anything of my own. (Fortunately, a box of clothes we shipped to ourselves finally showed up so I can stop recycling the same 3 shirts.) But beyond basic personal effects, we're making due with what's here. In the kitchen, that means no baking pans, no scale to make bread, no mixer, etc. -- only the bare-bones basics. I have 1 measuring cup -- 1!! -- a couple of pots and a casserole dish. (Yes, I know there are people with much, much less out there, so I'm not complaining about my life condition - just giving you an idea of what I'm working with.)
And let me just give you a tour of my state-of-the art kitchen (circa 1972):
The top one there is a microwave, so I'm told. It apparently doesn't work anymore, but I'm fascinated by the options on it - saute, broil, etc. Who knew you could do that with a microwave? As for the oven - I guess it works, but I honestly haven't tried it yet given my limited utensils and pans.
On the brighter side of things, we do have a little patio in the back with a grill. So that's probably what I'll be mastering soon. Grilling is not my forte, but there's never a better time to learn, it seems!
There's also a little farmer's market in town later this week that I can't wait to check out. I've seen roadside stands selling strawberries -- that's right, in April!!! (For you non-New Englanders, strawberries are usually a June/July thing for us - hence my elation at seeing them 2 months earlier.) So I want to try some of those out and see what else there is to throw together in my sweet little kitchen by the sea.