Today was a day full of questions. After several emails to Debbie, one of the family who grew up in the home we purchased, we ended up having a lovely conversation. She, her brother, and sister loved growing up in this beautiful home and had been very sad to see it sit empty and be unloved these last eight years.
Because they loved it so much, I feel compelled to let them know we are thinking about making drastic changes. After all, it had been their childhood home. I know I would feel sad if someone changed my childhood home drastically and didn’t even consider the history of the home.
First, I ask, “How would you feel if we move what remains of the kitchen from its current location to the red room?”
Debbie in her most gracious way assured us, “It is your home. Please do whatever you want. But, just so you know, the red room was the original location of the kitchen.”
I am ecstatic! The kitchen is returning to its original location!
Then, we knew the home had its original shingles. They seemed quite worn to us and we thought they (the shingles) would be happier if they had some color. Again, I asked Debbie and sent her a sample of our color choices.
She replied, “I just want to tell you again how knocked out I am by this vision. I LOVE it!!! The house is going to look amazing in its new outfit. Kudos to you.”
We are thrilled!
My last question brought out the farmer in me. “Did your family ever plant a vegetable garden in the back lot?”
To her knowledge there had never been a garden.
When we move there we want to plant a vegetable garden, but gardens need preparation. Part of our first summer will be spent preparing the ground.
And, the first Arbor Day (the last Friday in April) after we arrive we want to plant several hazelnut tress along the border between the two properties with smaller shrubs like a Dwarf Arctic Blue Leaf Willows between and Quartz Rose Verbena or Lemon Thyme as a ground cover.
So our questions for today have wonderfully happy answers…