Progress is underway! So far we’ve:
a) Bought a bed. We can’t afford a bedroom set until next paycheck, so we just bought a cheap (albeit enormous) bed that will eventually serve as the guest bed. (Yes, guest bed! That means you! Cheap doesn’t even mean uncomfortable. And did I mention it’s enormous? Gargantuan, even.)
b) Finished painting our room and the kitchen. And by “finished” I mean we still want to do white trim around everything (we weren’t just lazy and careless with our painting… unlike whoever “painted” the house before and left drips all over the floor :-/).
half a bucket of creamy orange paint was left in the house so we put it to use in the kitchen. it’s actually really nice. almost makes up for the heinous tiling of the counter! what is that, puce?! (ha, i said that as a joke, but upon fact-checking i found that it is almost exactly puce)
c) Started the garden! There were insane amounts of debris scattered throughout. Initially it had been bricked over and overgrown, but our “cleaner” (the quality of whose work we’re finding more and more reasons to be less than satisfied with) “took care of it” (but managed to leave behind lots of pieces of plastic, straws, lollipop sticks, candy wrappers, condom wrappers [thankfully just the wrappers], fuses, about 100 screws/bolts/washers/other hardware, et. al). So the first step was clearing out all of that, and then we moved some of the awesome plants that were there to make room for what we think should be four rows. Anyone with gardening experience/expertise (read: Coxes!) please please please share your input, we think this is moving along smoothly but all suggestions and advice are welcome.
and that’s a papaya tree! the very thing that scott-from-the-organic-shop-on-koh-samui said we should have. right there waiting for us.
after a few hours of work. to the left, outside the fence, i’ve already put down some wildflower seeds. we’ve started tomato, strawberry, and sweet pepper seeds in pots and would like to have the tomatoes there in the row along the fence. we’ve chosen those seeds to start with because that’s what was available at the target dollar spot when i picked up some supplies there (so we’ve said if they don’t grow we don’t necessarily have to blame ourselves).
Not pictured: the gigantic cockroach that popped in to say hey when I was painting the kitchen one night, nor the cricket who snuck in moments later, or the slug that (just moments after that) was chilling in the kitchen sink.
Anyway, like I said, off to a good start. We’ve slept in the place twice (but have to return to Kung and Yax’s to shower and eat because we don’t have any kitchen supplies or a functional shower yet) and are heading out this afternoon to try to scrounge up some more furniture. Slowly but surely the place is coming together; in the words of Phil Dunphy, “Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.”