First, thanks to everyone who offered wisdom about dishwashers and disposals. Since the dishwasher takes almost 45 min. to run, I think I'll save it for company and cook-a-thons. Perhaps it's all my years of handwashing, but those jet-dryed dishes have an unnatural, squeaky texture. Besides, I finally have the sink of my dreams! It's deeper than my deepest pot and undermounted for=easy cleanup. We were so blessed that the previous owners filled the kitchen with products from their wholesale granite business.
The house decorating is not going so well. The beige walls have thrown me for a loop. Almost all of my existing furniture is wooden or deep browns, reds and greens. These warm colors looked rich against my traditional choice of yellow walls. But against a beige background? Blah. Blah. Blah. I am tearing my hair out, because I really don't want to repaint walls which have just been professionally painted. I should try to keep them the color that 98% of future buyers would prefer. In the end, though, it may be cheaper to pick up my paintbrush than to buy different furniture.
I am deeply humbled that my greatest worry is the color of my walls.