I wonder how many of these posts I will have during my life. We've had the Surabaya house, the Vancouver house and now the Bangkok house. It's sort of fun to see how different each place is and I think of all the places we have lived this is probably my favorite. Of course I wish it has just one extra bedroom (so the printer could move off of the kitchen counter) but it's definitely a big step up from the flood-prone, rat-filled house we had in Indonesia.
This will be a multi-part series most likely completed as I get around to cleaning parts of the house.
Here's our laundry room.
It's actually a separate little house with two bedrooms meant to house a maid. We just keep all of our suitcases out there. It also contains 40 years worth of our colleagues belongings that they left behind. My new washer lives out here.
Our backyard is pretty much just our clothesline. It's actually a great clothesline, it gets sun in the mornings for a few hours and during hot season I can get a pair of blue jeans dry in about 20 minutes.
Now I have heard lots of people discussing how "green" it is to have a clothesline and how they just absolutely love to hang out their clothes. But really, when it's all you have it's not always so fun. Here's a quote from my friend Ginger (I hope she doesn't mind), but it pretty much sums up how I feel about it:
"And maybe I am wrong, really wrong, and if so folks please forgive me...but I'm thinking people only love hanging clothes out when it is an 'option' and not a necessity? Maybe not?"
Amen, Ginger, Amen!
I think she is exactly right, clotheslines are only fun when you have a dryer to back you up. I can't tell you how many days during rainy season I have let clothes hang all day long and not dry. Or I hang them up and go somewhere and it rains. Still infinitely better than our set-up in Indonesia. Bangkok always has that going for it.
Anyway, we also have some beautiful gas tanks to liven up the space.
Here's our back door and our Asher.
This is our dining room. I love having a big table. This is the first time we've had more than four chairs (and space for more than four chairs). It's much easier to have people over for dinner when you have place for them to sit.
Looking from the eating area to the living room.
Asher's table and chairs. He loves his little table, but he can't stand to have the little covers on the backs of the chairs.
The living room and our massive couch with Asher sprawled out watching Bolt. We live in Asia and we have a comfortable couch. It is possible.
The other side of the living room.
Our Craig's list chair and Asher's toys, he gets the bottom half of the bookshelf, we get the top half.
Finally, the time out corner. Asher has to sit in his chair facing the door. Under the stairs is where we store all of the stuff that would go in an office. And our shoes. And Asher's bike. And some other junk. That door goes to our bathroom. I didn't get that far in my cleaning, so no pictures yet.
I hope you enjoyed the first part of our tour. We still have the kitchen, the bathroom and our bedrooms to go.