Do you ever daydream? I can remember sitting in math class, thinking about something that had not the slightest thing to do with math — much to my teacher's chagrin.

Do you ever daydream? I can remember sitting in math class, thinking about something that had not the slightest thing to do with math — much to my teacher's chagrin.

I don't daydream so much now that I'm all grown up, but I have to admit I do find myself in the midst of a daydream or two upon occasion. (While sitting at work, attempting to look busy; in the middle of a deep conversation about something I'm totally oblivious to; when driving to work and the ’60s hits are bringing back old memories.)

One of the things that has crossed my mind recently in one of said daydreams is, "What would I do if I had a million dollars to use specifically for redecorating my house?" I realize that idea is about as far-fetched as my winning first prize in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition; however, it doesn't hurt to dream — does it?

I recently found myself sitting in a waiting room in a dentist's office. I can't just sit still for long without doing something, so I generally try to find something to read while waiting for whatever I find myself waiting for.

As I perused the magazines piled neatly on the table next to me, there were a number of popular publications. Highlights for children — no, I think I've finally matured beyond that one. Teen Beat — well, I AM always curious about who's the latest heart throb on the teen set. True Story — oh, for pity sakes! There has to be something more enlightening; however, if I remember right, True Story could be quite educational.

Ah, yes — Better Homes and Gardens. Now you're talking. Now I can mentally spend that $1 million while I waited to see whomever I was waiting for.

As I thumbed through the pages of that magazine, I was amazed at the wealth of ideas before my eyes. Page after page of beautifully decorated living rooms, dining rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, and even more to my fancy — kitchens.

You all realize that I am not Betty Crocker or Rachel Ray and that I find all kinds of reasons for not cooking at home. So, why in the world would someone like me be interested at all in redecorating their kitchen?

Well, first off, my kitchen could really use some help. Our house was built in the late 1800s and nothing much has been done in there since then.

There's a cool built-in pantry just to the north of the kitchen and a butler's pantry across from it. There's also a back stairway (I've been told it was the servants' stairway), but we haven't put it to use except to store some of the larger pots I can't find room for under the counter. (Maybe I'm waiting for the butler and the servants to come along and put the pots where they belong.)

There was one particular kitchen in the magazine that really caught my eye. For one thing, there were two sinks — one for the dishes and one for the pots. That seems like a waste of space — especially when there was a dishwasher. The kitchen cabinet fronts were glass, so the dishes inside could be seen. There was also a massive built-in pantry and, believe it or not, THREE ovens!

I looked at each and every space in that kitchen — several times — while I sat there waiting. I've decided I'm going to write to Better Homes and Gardens. I think I could be very beneficial to their publication if they would allow me to make a few suggestions for designing a kitchen.

First, who in the world needs two sinks in the kitchen? Unless of course, you could use one as a flower pot. Can't you just see begonias or petunias blooming under an east window? It would be great — it'd really brighten up the kitchen. You wouldn't have to worry about painting the walls in bright colors. There would be touches of color every single day.

I can see the benefit of having glass-front cabinet doors. That way, if you go to open the cabinet to grab a plate or glass, you would know which way to duck when something came tumbling out. (Maybe I should organize my cabinets.)

That built-in pantry — if designed right — could be a fantastic addition to my limited freezer space. You know, it's hard to find room for all those frozen pot pies and TV dinners we enjoy so much. Just think of the variety of meals we could have. Why, we could invite the family over. We could have the neighbors in. Yes, that's definitely an addition to the kitchen I would vote for.

And those ovens. What to do with all those ovens? A-ha! Those big pots I have stuck on the steps in the servants' stairway. I would have plenty of storage space if I had three ovens. I mean, the one oven I have now just does not do the job, if you know what I mean.

I'm wondering if I could talk Better Homes and Gardens into hiring me as a designer. I said I didn't want a new career — and I still don't — but maybe I could design kitchens online in my spare time. Kitchens for the modern, up-to-date woman — the woman who doesn't care so much about cooking, but wants a great-looking kitchen.

All that time I waste when I'm supposed to be cooking would be filled at last. An answer to an ever-bothersome dilemma.

Connie Goff is a reporter and weekly columnist for the Maryville Daily Forum in Maryville, Mo. This column is the opinion of the writer and not of the newspaper.