Does a poop tardis count as an “amenity”?

April 5, 2012 § 12 Comments

An old friend is coming for a visit at the end of this month.  The last time this friend visited, Dave and I were living in our old place, which was a much newer house, with plenty of amenities.  To be sure, the farmhouse’s extended property and beautiful views make our current quarters much nicer than any other place we have ever lived.  However, some people can’t fathom why two perfectly reasonable people would want to put their brand new house on the market, and move into an old farmhouse.   Dave and I are engineers and very good with renovations, and so we tend to think of the farmhouse as a charming challenge.

I sent a note to our friend, telling him how much we are looking forward to seeing him.  I felt compelled to tell our friend that although the farmhouse may lack the amenities of our old place, it is still very hospitable. Dave, worried that my comment about “amenities” might cause our friend hesitation, took the time to add this sardonic little postscript:

“The farmhouse is great.  I don’t know why Libby is down on it.  I know it could use some fixing up but we are not that lacking, as we still have the street construction poop tardis out front for the next 5 to 6 months.  It’s not like you’ll have to poop behind the bushes or anything.  Not right now, anyway.  Hopefully we will be able afford modern amenities someday soon, before they finish the street and take away the porta-potty.

We keep waiting for another water main break so we can bathe out in the street.  It’s better when it happens at night and less embarrassing because we can hide from the cars easier.  But we did get some rain recently so at least the pond is full, just in case you need to take a bath out there.”

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§ 12 Responses to Does a poop tardis count as an “amenity”?

  • df says:

    Love it! I’m equally keen to see more pictures of your lovely home some time – it sounds amazing and the poop tardis just increases the charm 🙂

  • Hilarious! So comforting.

  • viveka says:

    I’m sure your friend will find the charm as well the comfort in the situation … and with the poop tardis gone, you will miss it. *laughing – so enjoy it.
    Is there ever any road works around ??? It looks a bit like Ireland, loads of signage and warning, but never a worker around.

    • Libby says:

      I took this picture after they left for the day. I can vouch for them working though, because they wake us up every morning at 6:30am when they start up the backhoe and begin moving it loudly around in the street (it drives me crazy).

      • viveka says:

        Understand that you’re feed up with the cirques, nothing worst then noise in the mornings – totally agree with you. At least they are working and some progress is happening, if you been living on Ireland you would have it like that for years and nothing happen. By the way how did the sawing of the pajamas go and who is your “alley cat” doing.???

      • Libby says:

        The pajamas need hemming, and the cat really really wants to go outside, and is resentful that we are not allowing him to do so.

      • viveka says:

        Great news about the pyjamas … why isn’t the car allowed outside ????

      • Libby says:

        The veterinarian wants him to stay inside until he is completely healed. The cat has a different opinion, of course.

  • viveka says:

    Thought it was the vet .. and not you. He want back out to his normal life and that’s outside.

    • Libby says:

      Yes, he is getting very tired of being confined to the mudroom. At the very least, he would like me to let him into the main part of the house, so he can “socialize” with the dogs, which means that he would like to ride the dogs like horses and drive them crazy.

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