Wet Dog in a Field of Passion Fruit

by Claire on Nov 10, 2009

We have been distracted lately.

After the dust from moving had settled a bit, Nick and I discovered that our house has a smell. And not a good smell. It's somewhere between 50-year-old-paint-in-a-vacant-house and dead rodent. On Tuesday, we caved in and bought a Glade Plug-in. We had never tried one before and spent a good 20 minutes in the isle of our grocery store scratching and sniffing the various boxes. Finally we chose Passion Fruit (or was it mixed fruit? Well, something fruity.) after determining that Fresh Air was far too mild. The device is really quite advanced. It has scent intensity levels. We set it to level five and now can't decide which we like better: intense fruit or mild rodent.

On Saturday, my parents drove up for a visit and gave us an oriental rug that used to be Grandmary's. It's a pretty rug, but it reeks of oldness and smoke. We spent Saturday morning hosing it down and scrubbing it before rinsing it about 94 more times. (It's wool, and it retains moisture and soap beautifully. Also the smell of nicotine.) Finally, after letting it dry on the porch for 3 days, we moved it inside only to discover it smells worse than rodent and fruit combined. It smells like a very large wet dog. Perhaps a pack of dogs.

Enough rambling for now.
...And as a reward for your patience,
some interior house pictures!
(Please ignore all of the little piles...we're working on them!)

The drying rug.

The rug inside.

Cutting the rug. Ha. (Actually cutting a little rubber mat.)

Our method of transportation. It's nice to live a 4.5 minute bike ride from work now!

The piano we found on Freecycle.

Dining room. Note the ficus tree. We hope we won't kill it.
UPDATE: We did kill it. (5/28/2010)

A bathroom.

3 Response to "Wet Dog in a Field of Passion Fruit"

  1. Maggie Moore Says:

    Looking good, guys! Can't wait to see it with my own eyes next month (fingers crossed)

  2. Candy Says:

    I love reading your blog. You have a wonderful sense of humor and perspective. I'm proud to have been with you when you discovered the woode wine crates. Keep up your good work.

    Nick's unbias Mom

  3. nicholas Says:

    that rug really ties the room together.

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