Tuesday, May 19, 2015

House Secrets and Purple Potatoes


My, but the kitchen ignited a fire storm.

Josh and I have read every comment and email. It's fun to hear from you- who you are, what you've remodeled (or are living with in hopes of remodeling), what you think about this little kitchen. I think the best advice has been to simply live in the house before changing her. Let the house tell you what it needs, someone said.

Agreed. Maybe it sounds crazy, but I think walls do talk. Have you heard of people who buy old houses and live there and one day decide: I think a doorway should go there, instead of here. And low and behold, the workers come in and discover that the doorway used to be there, after all, and the "new" remodel is actually an uncovering of what was meant for the house in the beginning. Houses are strange that way: if you listen closely, you'll sometimes overhear their secrets.

So we agree: live in the place and get a feel for what's going on. That's the plan. But please, continue voting in the poll if you haven't already. I'm wondering if, in the end, the Yeses will have it.

In the meantime, I'm waist-deep in moving boxes. Josh and I spent some time yesterday taking up the gravel fire pit we built in the place we're in now. Well, correction- he moved the big stones while I yapped and dug potatoes...

Remember my How I'm Growing Months of Potatoes for $3.99? Yeah. Well, I have my months of potatoes now, and I'm trying to get them out of the ground before next weekend when we have to surrender the keys here. The purple potatoes have been especially fun to dig and discover. Have you ever eaten a purple potato? Delicious! Tonight's dinner will feature roasted purple potatoes with thyme and butter. I'll share the recipe and some photos sometime, promise.

Hope your week is going well. And please, keep those comments and emails coming! -Brin

11 comments:

Sherry said...

while i personally despise purple as a color (please don't hate or become bitter..wink), i ***love*** purple potatoes. that is all...

Adrienne said...

I haven't tried purple potatoes yet - but I will! I agree that your new home will 'speak' to you. She will tell you things you would never know unless you were living there. And I can't wait to see what she reveals to you. It will be right - just perfect!
~Adrienne~

Jill D. said...

I think it's a great idea to live in it and let the walls start to talk. As you move around in and get a feel for your house, your vision will become more and more clear. It's going to be a wonderful journey for you and Josh, and I'm looking forward to following your posts!

I've grown purple potatoes and they are just delicious. Fresh potatoes are so tender - glad you can harvest those before you leave.

Lynne said...

Brin, I think that was me that first said live in her a while and see what she tell you she wants. Someone else commented later pretty close the same thing.

Our house, even though it is not as old as yours, told us what it wanted. If you listen hard enough, and close enough, the house will guide you through.

You've got yourself quite the grand old gal there I have to say I am more than a teensy bit joules of your find.

Anonymous said...

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Lynne said...

I hate those spell checkers that think they know better than you. I am not "joules" of your find, more like jealous.

Sue Neitzel said...

Good idea, the house will tell you what it needs. I'll have to try the purple spuds!

Terri Steffes said...

I love purple potatoes but I have never grown my own! Yum. Yes, I believe houses talk to you. The house I lived in growing up was over 100 years old then. My bedroom was actually the priests room (it was the first Catholic church in my hometown) and sometimes I felt like the space was sacred. Anyway, great advice to listen and see what the house has to say.

Kyle Wolfe said...

Before Holly and I moved into the country house, we painted the ENTIRE inside....I really wish that we would have waited until we moved in because we have gone back and repainted most of the rooms because they just didn't "feel" right.

When we bought the Aday Home, Holly and I must have "listened" closer, because we loved the color scheme of that home.

Rebecca said...

Our home definitely told us what it wanted..and I suspect sometimes still does. Your purple potatoes are beautiful!

Betty said...

I'm loving those purple potatoes..must be fun to serve up.
Good idea about living in the home first before you make major decisions. But you know we are all waiting to see how your little touches will make it a home. I know you will make it cozy and inviting.