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March 11, 2009

(well, not quite yet, but soon.)

The house. I am totally enamored of it (i suppose that’s good, what with the buying and all).

It’s a cute little (well, not so little) GI Bill suburban house. I mean, it’s the inner city now, but it was suburbia when it was built in the 40s. White with black shutters. Trees and what were obviously once well-tended gardens. I intend for them to be so again.

The back yard is shady, similarly once-gardened (and once-ponded), and there is a back porch. At the moment, given recent springlike weather (…disregarding today’s icy rain), most of my daydreams have revolved around the porch. Well, that and sex in the kitchen. But, really, coming home, mixing a drink, and sitting on the back porch with a book, watching the dogs explore the new yard. It’s idyllic.

Inside, it’s kind of a time warp. Primarily due to wood paneling. Everything is wood-paneled. I hate wood paneling. But, see, at the moment it matches everything else in the house so well that it’s kind of cute. Or was i looking for “ridiculous”? Anyhow, it’s going to go, which is going to be fun in itself. It’s been owned by the same woman since it was built, but she had to move to a nursing home recently, hence the sale. Since it wasn’t being vacated by someone moving into a new house, they’ve left a ton of stuff (we agreed that they could leave whatever they like in hopes they’d leave some cool stuff). Indeed. For practicality, it’s good they’re leaving us the washer and dryer, because anything we don’t need to spend money on at the moment is a win. Also, the dryer is avocado green. I don’t think it’s energy star, but it’ll do. Even more exciting are the two record-player/radio cabinets. I’m giddy. There’s a fair bit of not-so cool furniture and stuff to be removed as well, but it’s so very worthwhile.

The son-in-law of the former owner is the real estate agent who is selling it. The other day he was there with us at an inspection. He told us stories about the history of the house the whole time; it was awesome. I love that sort of thing. He was also thoroughly amused – and pleased, i think – by my giddiness over things like the record player and sewing table (no machine, but it is lovely). And the kitchen wallpaper. I think i am going to lose that fight, though. It’s yellow plaid, with things like teapots and corn on it. Everyone else thinks it is hideous, but i really do love it. The kitchen also has built in fold-into-the-wall paper towel and saran wrap dispensers! It’s brilliant.

We’re moving in a week and a half. I ought to pack. And find a nice housewife dress for the house-warming party! It’s going to be themed to match the decor, of course. Jello molds, and i need to do some research on what else. Any ideas?

My mom had the perfect dress for the occasion: peach-plaid with white collar and short-sleeve cuffs. Never saw her wear it, though, which i suppose is why she doesn’t have it now. Too bad. I’m hoping for time to sew a replica of it, but i may just need to go shopping.

Lady Brett

"This Room's For Rent" - Sammi Smith
7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2009 12:53 pm

    A huge congratulations to you! What a wonderful yet terrifying feeling, right? It is all worth it. :)

  2. March 11, 2009 7:49 pm

    Yipee! Hooray for house dwelling! Our party will be the first weekend in April – slow to unpack, but we are glad. I can’t wait for you to tell us all the cool stuff they left!

  3. March 12, 2009 10:24 pm

    It sounds like you love the place, and that’s the most important thing. The rest is all negotiable, you know?

    As for the housewarming, Tom Collins and Manhattans are two cocktails I think would fit the energy of the place.

  4. March 15, 2009 7:19 pm

    Mint juleps served on the front porch. Finger foods, especially things that are wrapped in other things. Potato salad. Fresh lemonade.

    Congrats again :)

  5. grrlchef13 permalink
    March 15, 2009 11:02 pm

    When cooking/hostessing in a retro-themed house party I have found the following things to be true. First: go with something you loved to eat as a child…reinvented of course. Second: An older version of the joy of cooking is always a welcome helpmate in finding cool hors doerves you have forgotten about. Third, if you find any old PTA cookbooks or womens group cookbooks, pull out the craziest recipe you can find and try it. Seven up cake, or florida cake are good starts.

    I like mini grilled cheese sandwiches with brie or fresh mozz and a tomato chutney on top.

    Cadillac Margaritas Or Dirty Martinis, both of which can be made in semi large batches….

  6. March 18, 2009 1:20 pm

    CONGRATS!!!!!! Your house sounds great.

    Hey grrlchef do you do any catering?!!

    The jello mold idea is hilarious, although personally I hate to eat them. But that really isn’t the point is it? I have no culinary advice except that my philosophy is that if you’re going retro, don’t reinvent so much that you make things too healthy. I used to love this cake of my mom’s from the 60s–chocolate chip sour cream coffee cake. It’s so great because no one (or no one except Paula Dean) cooks with that much butter anymore. It’s SOOO rich…. Holy mother of god.

    A belated Happy St Patrick’s Day to you. Great pin up, by the way. Am I to conclude that you are yourself Irish or that those who are may have the good fortune of getting lucky with you? ;-) I swear that just yesterday I was thinking I bet Lady B is Irish….

    Enjoy your wonderful new house, you giddy girl!

    xo
    SF

  7. Dylan permalink
    March 18, 2009 5:38 pm

    Wow, buying a house eh? Things have progressed in leaps and bounds on your end… lucky luck. I think the time warp thing is kind of fitting for you… I think you’d be someone who could really appreciate that. Way to make lemonaide out of the recession home market too! CONGRATS!

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