Saturday, February 23, 2008

Our "New" House

Since moving to Niamey, we are living in temporary quarters on the Sahel Academy compound. Our temporary house is meant to be for a single person or perhaps two singles. It's not a bad size, really, except that the bedroom was not designed for a double bed! After living in town in Tera, this location is really quiet! One of my friends from Tera visited and said the house was too lonely. I'm enjoying the peace and quiet and having Suzanne's friends drop in whenever they want.

The kitchen door is not really the front door. But our desk is in front of the front door and people have used the kitchen door for years, anyway. Kind of hard to break old habits. I really like this kitchen. It's light and has plenty of cupboard space. There isn't a lot of counter top but I'm finding it sufficient. There is a nice pantry off the kitchen. The fridge and stove are borrowed. I HATE the stove and it hates me. It is very difficult to light (European stoves don't seem to have pilot lights). One night it filled with gas before I got it lit. It went Kaboom! and my hand was in the middle of the kaboom! I got a pretty nasty burn.

This is the wall between the kitchen and dining room/kitchen. I love that big built-in cupboard. The doors open from both the dining room and the kitchen. That makes putting dishes away a breeze.

The dining room and living room are one big room. This is the table. It's a small enough room that we keep the table against the wall unless we have company. We are using furniture that came with the house. Check out the beautiful orange molded-plastic chairs!

This is the living room. The furniture is pretty comfortable. We have our own bookshelf, desks, filing cabinet, and TV in the living room. It's a little small, but not too bad. We're used to small and our new place will be small, too!
This is Suzanne's room. The curtains came with the house. They are.....ummm......interesting. Definitely strange with her Coral Reef-theme comforter. Same color themes going on there anyway.
Between Suzy's room and our room is the bathroom. It's bigger than the bathroom we had in Tera. Here's our very small bedroom. When I get out of bed, I pretty much have to move sidewise. The cupboard door won't open all the way, either.

The worst thing about this house is that we have to move again in a few weeks!


Amanda said...

Hi! I'm trying to work out which house on the property you are in. We were in the big house that the Moores moved into (and then moved out of) right up the back of the property (they painted it blue). Are you in the singles house right next to that one?

Hannatu said...

Yep, that's the one. Yours and this one were white then but they just put stucco on them. Now there is a duplex and a family house beyond the "Moore's house" and the little one we are in.

Dusty Penguin said...

I'm glad you posted pictures. It is a cute little house and looks really clean and neat. Especially the bathroom--they can be pretty disgusting! The cabinets are really nice and it is a nice kitchen. It is kind of a pain to have to move again. We can hope for a cooperative stove!!

Dusty Penguin said...

P.S. I couldn't ask My Meanderings about doing the wedding photography because I don't know how to contact her, but I doubt that I could afford her. I sure would like to though!

Anonymous said...

Nacy!! Is Dusty Pen. your sister? I think I met her at Grace before. Please tell her to email me at

Okay about your house...the 50's is all the rage in style right now! LOL! Seriously I just told Steve I want to find some plastic molded chairs for our dining room! The metal design on the windows is so so cool.
I miss you and wish I could sit at your table in the orange chair and sip some tea with you in the nice peace and quiet!

Anonymous said...

I realize I spelled your name wrong. I am laughing at myself right now.

Hannatu said...

Oh yeah, I pretty much don't like these orange molded chairs. Then I got a Good Housekeeping inthe mail. I was so surprised to see the featured house with molded plastic chairs! LOL! They weren't orange though. :)

Dusty Penguin said...

Hey, I have these nasty orange countertops from the 50s. You can have them too:)

Hannatu said...

Those counter tops would definitely match these chairs! LOL!