My apologies to the two of you who commented on the lack of posting...
Our kitchen is close to being finished. The cabinets are in and so is the flooring. The result is spectacular! Unfortunately, my digital camera died this summer and I haven't replaced it — I'll have pictures whenever I remedy that problem.
Completing the kitchen wasn't without its issues. It took several weeks to get someone here to replace a piece of a cabinet that was broken during installation. We also had a drawer guide break in the new pantry and had to order a new guide — what's really annoying is I had the necessary guide, because they sent us too many parts, but I had already thrown it away. And... instead of sending us just a replacement guide, the manufacturer sent us an entire 2-drawer set. This time, I'm keeping everything.
We still need to patch a bit of paint in the kitchen and order (and install) the tiling. For that, I need the digital camera, so that I can show the tile people what the space looks like. I think this is a project for the new year.
We've made some progress on the rest of the house as well. The dining room and living room are painted. I still need to move an outlet so that we can paint the TV room/den. We removed the very ugly curtains from the living room and have been living in a fishbowl ever since. Another task is to get some blinds put in.
The flooring for the house is a problem, though. We've been looking at both Tarkett and Kahrs flooring — the Tarkett is cheaper, but doesn't have matching trim. The Kahrs looks more sturdy (and they've been in business longer) but is much more expensive. Ah well, the joys of remodelling.