Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Piss Pod

In case you are wondering what a Piss Pod is, it was Rachel and Jon's first place in Cheyenne.  It was named that because the previous tenant must have had a dog that peed on everything, and no matter how much they cleaned the carpet it always smelled like pee.  Potty training this puppy is making the house turn into a Piss Pod.  He does really good most of the time especially when we are gone, but he is still young and learning. 

Anyway since there really isn't much going on around here these days other then work, and I am the only one self tanned, I thought I would show you some pictures of the Piss Pod.  Since a few of you live far away and haven't been hanging out in FOCO lately, you have been asking what we have done to the place.  Besides a few things you can't see. like a new roof, and fixing the foundation on the barn and working with the County fixing the leach field for the septic, not much cosmetic has gone on.  We are planning on doing some landscaping around here this summer.  All of the landscaping we did a while back is driving us crazy, and is hard to keep up with with busy schedules.  We want to rip out the water feature and completely rework the side yard.  Make it more kid and entertaining friendly.  This will involve setting a paver patio where the deck is, fixing the pergola, and redoing and extending the front porch to make it wrap.  We are trying to get back to a more simple farmhouse look and life.  Right now it isn't about proving we know how to do all sorts of landscaping, and using our house as a guinea pig, it is more about reworking it to suit our lifestyle and needs. 

With that, I won't be overwhelming you with tons of perfectly set pictures of our house.  Mainly because I am not a stylist or a photograper.  We like to keep it real, and I don't have a super fancy camera or Photo Shop to edit things like the pretty design blogs do.  One of these days, One of these days.  So I will show you bits and pieces of rooms here and there, it will be picked up and clean, but not scrubbed, all nicks on baseboards won't be painted, wires hidden, things will not be ironed, and every lick of dust and dog hair gone with masking tape.  For the love of God I am not Martha.

The clothes line outside of the back door in the driveway.  India does her fair share of adding to the Piss Pod.  Notice how the barn foundation is dug up, and the blue painters tape around the windows.  Yeah we're working on that.  Check back after July 29th. 

The chicken coop with Miss Birdie keeping watch.  We added flowers this year to spruce it up a bit.  Since we have had so much rain the flowers are booming and it is hung high enough the birds won't eat it.  Mean I know.  I am not going to show you the inside.  You can use your imagination as to what piles of chicken shit look like.  :) 

Lilacs are blooming and a still snowy Longs Peak in the background.   

The back side of the well house.  I fought hard for the previous owners to leave the Meta Goddess of the Rockies sign.  Calla calls her Cinderella.  I call her Frenchy after Frenchy in the movie Grease.  Remember when Frenchy dropped out of Rydell to attend beauty school and dyed her hair pineapple yellow.  Yup just dated myself. 

The front of the well house.  Yes, there is an actual well in the well house.  No I won't show you it because it isn't working, and it dark and scary down there and the full of spiders and "dead things Mikey, dead things."  Just dated myself again.  Love the Goonies! 

My bedroom from the kitchen door.  I have no logic as to which areas of the house I am starting with.  We'll just go with this room because it happens to be the cleanest .  I wanted to brighten things up for the summer, so I just purchased this el cheepo quilt from Walley World.  When I say el cheepo I mean $19.99 for a king size quilt.  It isn't the warmest or best quality, if it falls apart for 20 bucks it can become the outdoor fort cover.  Over top of the TV is a high deep closet that holds our bedding.  Dave gets the chimney cabinet and the dresser for his clothes in case you were wondering. 

This duvet for the dog bed cost about the same as the quilt since they are vintage grain and seed sacks we found in a flea market and sewed together. 

The bedroom from the hallway.  I could say something cheesy like "this is where the magic happens,"  but my Mom is reading this ew...and lets get real, I have 2 teething allergy ridden kiddos who don't sleep through the night, a puppy who pees every 5 min. and a husband in our busy season.  There is no stinkin magic or sleep for that matter, happening here. 

Taken from the other side of the bed looking at the closet.  I get the bottom, Dave gets the top.  We are attemping to fill up the wall with family pictures in cream frames.  This came about because people gave me grief about not having any pictures of our kids or us anywhere.  Cream frames are hard to find, but since I chose to scrapbook my wedding bouquet in a cream shadowbox, cream it is. 

Yes, I am including a picture of the inside of my closet.  I have friends who get off on that kind of stuff, and love to see how I attempt to shove my entire wardrobe in 2 tiny closets.  You know who you are  KW & IS.  Yes my shoeboxes are labeled, and my clothes are grouped together, but they are not color coordinated.  I am not that much of a freak.  The wallpaper in there is a vintage floral, and is so awesome. 

Speaking of awesome, my minimalist sister just sent me one of Jon's old tie and belt racks.  I looked high and low in stores for one that wasn't wall mounted and a hanger like this one, but no luck sorry.  It allows me to hang 10 strappy sundresses sideways in the closet.  Talk about space minimalization.  Now if I can just figure out what to do with the 20 or so other dresses that aren't strappy. 

Our hallway.  If you look to the front you will see the girls room.  If you look to the right you will see the bathroom. If you look to the left you will see our other closet.  And if you put your left foot forward you can do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around, that's what it is all about.  :)

The inside of the closet.  I stole the Elfa drawer units from my parents house.  Dave thinks they are ugly.  I think they are brilliant.  We keep sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, and tshirts in the cloth baskets.  

Above the closet is a cabinet where we keep towels, and Dave's sweaters. Yes I know Dave gets the short end of the closet stick.  But hey, it's not like he dresses up or anything. 

So that is pretty much it for now.  This post is huge and you are all probably wondering how much more we can shove into a 900 sq. ft. house.  Oh just you wait.  And at the end of it all, I may just have a giveaway house related of course.  No I am not going to give away a house, but maybe a couple of things to make yours pretty. I'll even ship. 

Ta Ta for now. 


  1. LOVE the tie rack idea.
    And fyi, I am not on a color coordinated closet system anymore...I gave up.
    I may just go back though, as your shoe system still amazes me :)

    Hugs and Kisses to you guys,

  2. Now if only I could carbon copy your adorable home down here in Texas ;)