Thursday, January 12, 2012

Big or Small...when does size really matter?


Over here, on my side of this little orb, I’m having a coffee, compliments of my coffee station; you all remember my coffee station, right? Yummy stuff!
It’s a small coffee station, but then my kitchen is small...or is it?
My kitchen is 14’ x 12’; is that big, or small? (for my European friends that's 4.27m x 3.66m)
Well...it’s all relative, isn’t it.
For anyone living on this little orb, in a place where having four walls of any kind, let alone kitchen walls, would be a dream come true, the idea of one room being 14’ x 12’ is incomprehensible - is it not?
Yet, to others, 14' x 12’ might be the size of their garden shed out back.
Is that big for a garden shed, or small? 
Well...it’s all relative, isn’t it.
To some, having a little garden would be a dream come true...the shed, I speak of, would be like having an opulent dwelling plopped down in the middle of this garden - that is how size is perceived by those having no way of comparing it to anything when they have nothing.
How big is nothing, or how small is it; when you have nothing does size really matter?



Now look around you...is what you have big or small compared to having nothing at all?
 Jenny

25 comments:

  1. I am grateful for the warm walls that surround us!

    My kitchen is small, galley style (long & narrow), with a tiny eating area at one end. It's not the place to gather when company is over.

    I look at magazines showing huge, even monstrous kitchens and all I can think of is how much work it must be to keep them clean and tidy!

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  2. Carole - Me too...my small house is warm and cozy. I think my kitchen is huge, yet to others it's a tiny box! Go figure!

    I've been to many a home that had such a huge kitchen I could have plopped my little house in it and still had room for a lovely garden!!!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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  3. You're so right Jenny, these things are relative definitely. It's great you appreciate what you have, I wish more people had that attitude, everybody would be much happier don't you think?

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    1. Thanks Matthew - I am a minimalist and really enjoy small spaces! My kitchen sometimes seem like I could get lost in it!

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  4. Some deep thought today!
    And I think my kitchen is smaller than yours.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Alex - yes, every now and then my deep thoughts make it to the surface and need to be aired.
      Lucky you to have a smaller kitchen...less space to clutter up and clean.

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  5. Very deep thoughts! Our kitchen is small. I haven't measured it but I know it's smaller than the kitchen in our old house. I prefer this kitchen, though. It serves my needs much more efficiently than the old one. I don't like spaces that are very large. I feel lost in them.

    I hope you are having a wonderful day, Jenny! :)

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    1. Jenn - I think it's important to have a space that is well situated and manageable versus to big and not functional. I'm with you on the "feeling lost in large spaces"!

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  6. My kitchen is 15'x15'. It's a nice size, but the way it is set up makes it hard to get much done with many people in it. But, it is big to my sister who has a galley kitchen. My kitchen is on the remodel list.
    My house is a dump.(Yes, it is.) But, it is my dump and the land is worth keeping it. And it's a place to live. I'd rather be here than sitting outside in subzero windchill temps.

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    1. Wow - you've got a big kitchen! But then I've been following your cooking and you really do need the space and I think you use it all!
      I would like to remodel my kitchen, but I'm not going to as I am planning a complete tear down. (at least that's the plan today...it could change after I take my course)

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  7. Its not the size of your kitchen that matters...what matters is the size of your heart that you cook with.

    And yes there are definitely some arenas where size matters but that is another whole story :)))))

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    1. Good call!
      As to the latter...again, good call! :)

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  8. Size does matter. I don't meant to brag, but whenever I have a "viagra" moment, I lose so much blood, I pass out.
    I said "I don't mean to brag." I said nothing about not meaning to lie.
    Size matters to me.
    sniff sniff

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    1. Can serious Al come out to play too!
      Seriously though...or not...you can brag all you want over here at Pearson Report!
      I'm all about "stretching" the truth when it comes to size!

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    2. Well, alrightey...
      Old Junior High School Bathroom Urinal joke:
      "Water's cold."
      "Deep, too."

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  9. I think that if a room is bright and airy, it's inviting at any size. During winter break, I'm also happy to enter a room without tripping on cords and dirty laundry. Julie

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    1. Julie - that's my thought too. Many years ago, when my daughter was small, we lived in a one bedroom apartment; when she was about seven I decided I would convert my little kitchen eating area (8 x 6) and make a wee bedroom for myself.
      Yes, a single bed, small drawers and a little night stand all fit into this space. I made it real pretty and my friends could hardly believe what I did with such a tiny space.

      Do you know...I miss that little space!

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  10. Thought-provoking post.

    By physical measurements, our kitchen is a bit small. But it functions. :)

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    1. Thanks Golden Eagle for dropping by. Once in a while I these deep thoughts of mine need to be shared.
      As to your kitchen, if it functions it's big enough!

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  11. It is the size of your thoughts that matter. You have big, beautiful thoughts! :-)

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    1. Wow, Tracey Jo - those are lovely words you've left for me, thank you!
      I'm always happy to see your cheerful, happy face in my comment area - Hugs.

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  12. i'm grateful everyday for what i have because i know what it is like to be without

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    1. That's the best philosophy, Becca, gratitude for what one has is the cornerstone to inner peace and happiness. Hugs to you.

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  13. Wonderful perspective. It's the same when talking about possessions. My living room set is O-L-D, not to mention C-H-E-A-P. We bought it at a flea market years ago when our kids were growing up, with the thought of why get something "nice" when the kids, their friends, and the pets would only tear it up, right? Now, our grandchildren are older than our kids were when we purchased it. The thing is, even though the furniture is ugly, it still functions. So I simply cannot justify buying a new set, when there are so many people in the world who don't even have a home to put one in. Yeah, I'm a bit of a bleeding heart. My hubby isn't, but he's content not to have to spend any money on a new set!

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    1. I'm with you on not rushing out to buy something new just for the sake of having a "new" item.
      I'm careful with my belongings and care for things in such a way that even now I have items that span my adult life (which tops thirty plus years) and I still enjoy them as much as I did back when I first got them in my twenties.

      Thanks fro dropping by and adding your thoughts.

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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