This was a day long awaited - the counters were installed! Like William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame writing in his journal upon seeing "the Ocian", we danced about the kitchen tonight in joy upon having the glorious end in sight.
Of course, like Clark, who discovered that "the Ocian" he thought he saw was actually the Columbia estuary, we quickly descended to earth upon realizing that the faucet we picked out months ago won't work with these counters and backsplash. I'll spare you the details. We went to Lowe's and got something else which might work better (Sally insists there will be no further difficulties.)
Anyway, here are a couple photos of the latest developments. We are hoping for a plumber appearance next week to get the sink, faucet, dishwasher and disposal all hooked up. We have plenty of trim work left, and that one, mischievous cabinet over the refrigerator. But the end is within sight. Or at least something that looks like an end. O! The Joy!