i love our old house. it has all of the good things that come with old houses - and some of the bad. i love it all. our house was built in the 1930's and living in it makes me feel connected to the generations that lived here before us. when we moved in, we bought a 1930's stove on craigslist because it complemented our old house.
it has been a lovely and quirky companion: we light the burners with a lighter or a match, its little switch-light casts a lovely glow on mid-night trips to the kitchen, and we get to store pots and pans in the broken bread warmer. (our house has very little storage so this is a real perk.) but it has its downsides, too.
and so we move on - tomorrow we get a brand new stove. despite my nostalgia for the old one, i am THRILLED. a constant and predictable temperature in the oven? yea. i'm ready to bake! ian is not as excited. he loves the old stove and could go a lifetime without baking.
every time we decide to GET RID of something and GET something else, we try to weigh out the pros and cons.
*we ask ourselves if we need it (ian and i often differ on this point.)
*we live on a pretty tight budget so we usually have to ask ourselves what else we could/should do with that money.
*we consider what is going to happen with the old piece. we can't just throw it away - we all know there is no "away". can it be resold? can it be recycled?
in this case, i don't think we're getting rid of the stove at all. i'm pretty sure it will become our outside stove - good for using occasionally.
as our family grows, we're changing things up around here and we are trying to make these changes with integrity. i'll be posting about it all in the coming months. tips or advice are welcome.