Monday, April 07, 2008

Texas country living

This weekend we executed the contract to sell our house. If everything goes according to plan, we will close on April 25 and then lease back another month. So that means we have until May 25 to move into another house. We are hoping to put in an offer this week. More news to come. Yee-haw!

As I've mentioned before, looking for homes in the country has been quite an education for those of us who've spent our entire adult lives in the city. Looking for homes in TEXAS country is even more interesting.

Now, even if you haven't been to Texas yet, I'm sure you've heard of our legendary pride. Even though most of us haven't ridden a horse but a few times in our lives, an amazing number of folks find themselves drawn to decorate their homes with saddles, cowboy boots, and spurs. Some even go for rough hewn furniture, and accessorize their homes with junk that grandma would have been embarrassed to have hiding behind the barn. Of course, Texas paraphernalia, including flags and the Texas Star, is hugely popular here.

I've gotten used to seeing even more of this overboard-Texas/country business on our journeys out to the country. So much so, I've thought how cool it would be to have a big Texas Star on a wrought iron gate at the entrance to my little spread out on the prairie.

However, here's one house our realtor wanted us to see, but I just had to draw the line.

Not only is there a gun on the wall, and not only is the Texas flag on virtually every item in this room, folks, there is a URINAL in this bathroom!
Of course Dennis and Neal-13 thought it was awesome.

Ruthie-4 said, "Oooooh, can I sit on the little potty?"

Ewww.

25 comments:

Deidre said...

Ha ha ha - oh the stories you could post if you would just choose this house!

What on earth? I haven't seen anything like it!!

Anonymous said...

I have a friend with 3 boys who built one in to their custom home. I have another friend who plans to put one in the shop they are building. Maybe it's a NW thing. Melanie in OR

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Oh good night, Big Daddy would love that. I'm pretty sure it's more of a Guy Thing than a Texas Thing. And quite possibly a purely Redneck Thing.

I can't wait to see the one that you DID pick! I'm so excited for you, moving to the country!

Anonymous said...

Lol, we HAVE some of that stuff - the bathmat, the guest towels, the shower curtain - it's all from Walmart ;-). We don't have the urinal, though!

Hilary.

Julie said...

I don't know. I kind of like the idea of having a girls only potty. Lot less mess to clean up. From the 8 year old - not hubby :-)

Beck said...

I can't believe you guys passed on the urinal house! Who doesn't want a urinal?

fullheartandhands mama said...

That is hilarious! It is even funnier to me that is I noticed all of the Texas stuff before I even saw the urinal.

canearl said...

I can vouch for everything you said. I live in Texas too. I think that my favorite is the gun in the bathroom. You never know when you'll need a gun in the bathroom :).

Terry said...

Before I got to your words beneath the picture I was going to ask: "Well what does the HUSBAND think about the urinal?? And then you answered my qestion! Funny indeed!

momaof4 said...

I have been reading your blog for a few months and love the way your write.

Being a Mom of 4, 3 of them boys...who just can't aim if their lives counted on it. This would be a dream.

Yucky for sure. But for boys heaven :)

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

OH! You crack me up!

Jen said...

I feel like I'm on an episode of Dallas....I'm really laughing hard...that is so funny. Still laughing.

julie said...

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

So excited for you. can't wait to hear all about the new house.

Julie

ET said...

Ugh! I cannot imagine cleaning a urinal. Disgusting! LOL.

Jill said...

Although I don't think I have ever heard of 'Washington State pride' but Texas pride is huge here. We have lots of transplants from the Lone Star State that still consider themselves Texan, even though they have lived here for years and years (probably longer than they lived in Texas). I can totally see my friends wanting this kind of decor...even though they are living in the Evergreen State with trees...not horses.

PS-I do have a friend from Texas who has a Texas decorated bathroom. ;o)

Ange said...

Classic
I'm an adopted Texan and the pride in the state is incredible. Love this post!

Melody said...

I have to agree with all the people who have multiple boys. That urinal would be awesome. Then I wouldn't have to check the toilet seat ever time I had to use the restroom.

Janice said...

please tell us all that this was the only room in the house that they wanted to display their Texas pride so boldly!

Then again, it might be a new dieting trick. My stomach would always be just a little unsettled if the kitchen looked like this...!

Etta said...

Oh, that is just disgusting. Not the urinal. The flags everywhere. And I live and love in Texas. But I'm not FROM Texas, so I guess I wouldn't understand.

And, really, the urinal IS disgusting.

Glad you didn't go for this one. Good luck!!

Joy said...

My husband and I are both rolling over here!

Sherri@NoiseOverload said...

Being a native Texan and transplanted to Tennessee, I have to say it's better than the Rebel flag I see so often here.

I have a Texas blanket, a Texas pillow, and a Texas Chip and Dip Bowl (a gift from you Kath), but no urinal. Ugh!

Brenda said...

Lovely!

In our former home, the master bath had been decorated in Elvis. Every single inch of space had Elvis on it. There was a ceramic Elvis head on the back of the potty.

It was really something.

Also, I can right off the top of my head think of at least 3 friends who have a Texas room. I thought that was normal.

Marc and Charity said...

Oh dear me that bathroom!!! Only Texans. :)

Qtpies7 said...

Oh my goodness, NO!! All the Texas stuff can leave with the owner, but the urinal?? What were they thinking?

Kelly said...

We just returned from our first ever visit to Texas (SA) and had a ball counting stars and TX flags everywhere we went.

I have to confess that I even bought an old antique-looking flag as a keepsake... I tease my husband that I am going to hang it over our bed!