Every so often I get comments or email from readers asking questions or commenting. I believe often times others would like to hear the questions and answers so I take time to answer them here on the blog. Today is one of those days.
There were lots of people upset after a comment was written by a reader following my post on how I liked my kitchen and how thankful I was that I stuck to my guns and kept the long kitchen window. I got a few personal notes from people concerned that the comment might have hurt my feelings. Vikki writes: “I cringe every time I see a picture of your kitchen. I think it’s awful looking. Hubby and I have been in the home building/remodeling business for over 40 years and everything you put into your kitchen is exactly what we’ve taken out and replaced. Too bad we didn’t connect up–we could have saved you a ton on money!! LOL!! But, it’s your house and as long as you’re happy with it, well that’s all that counts. The outside of your house could be absolutely charming and beautiful with the right landscaping, but I can tell you and your hubby have already made up your minds, so I’ll leave out my two cents lol! It’s been interesting watching the progress on your home. PS The poppyseed cake recipe was wonderful!”
As far as this particular comment goes, I am taking it as a compliment. If kitchens like mine are what is being ripped out of houses that are being remodeled then I hit my goal. I wanted a kitchen that was old looking.
It is too bad that Vikki didn’t contact me earlier in our remodeling adventure. We would have likely traveled her way and bought some of the cabinets from her as old southern fir cabinets are not easy to come by. I’m hoping that Vikki and her husband have been carefully removing the cabinets and reselling them as I know there is a really good market out there for vintage cabinets and on top of that, it’s a great way to recycle. Believe it or not there is a whole trend of retro, recycled, restorations happening. We know. We searched and searched for places to find these very things and found many. We know and realize that retro antiques are not for everyone and frankly, we’re glad they are not. It would have made our task of finding our goodies even harder.
Hubby and I have talked that we think we should have been born a generation earlier….we love the old. We love buying quality in a limited quantity. We love things simple and for us, that’s what our house represents.
Being a blogger, I open myself up for comments and opinions. After all that is what a blog really is designed for- interactions between the author and the readers. Being I have been doing this for awhile I have learned that some comments are really helpful and thought through while other comments are written by people who may be having a bad day or are written by people that don’t have the best written communication skills. I choose to believe people aren’t mean.
I myself have been guilty of pushing the send button before I reread a comment thoroughly. I myself have also been guilty of reading a comment with a different “tone” than the writer of the comment meant.
The final line is this. I love my kitchen and house and could care less if a particular blog reader thinks it’s “cringe-worthy”. I don’t think Vikki meant any harm in the comment. She has commented before and I’ve taken her advice and weighed it along with all of the other advice I received.
I’m okay..my feelings weren’t hurt…and this is the least of the things that have been said to me because I blog…it’s a risk bloggers take and one I am willing to take because trust me, thought through kind comments far out weigh the others.
P.S. Vikki was right the poppy seed cake recipe is really good. You can find the recipe here.