Terrific Broth

The life of two scientists, creating a small home, in big mountains

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Video tour – Evergreen home

Howdy! It has been a full week since we arrived in Colorado. It took us quite a few days to unpack, even though we did not move with many furniture. But nevertheless, we are home! This video tour shows the apartment we are moving into, which is a half basement of an old house. If you are in a hurry and do not have time for a video, I also included some photos below. Thanks for visiting!


Living room

You immediately enter the living room when walking into the front door. The lack of a drop-off zone is a common problem with every rental we have been. In our last rental, we carved out of a small entryway with shelves and wall-mount hooks. In this rental, we are lucky to have an enclosed sunroom right over the front door, which we immediately turned into a mudroom.

Storing shoes and winter coats outside of the front door keeps living room clean and free from clutter. Then, this becomes the view from the front door – day bed doubles as a sofa, kitchen island, and kitchen.

01 Living


Since this is a relative short rental, we do not want to buy a sofa yet. A full mattress covered with our king-size bedding becomes a perfect sofa bed for movie nights and afternoon naps. Like many of you, we do not watch TV almost at all. Our entertainment is streaming with a projector. We store the projector, amplifier, and speakers inside the coffee table and project movies on the opposite wall.

02 Living-sofa bed


The projector wall. This will be the wall we project movies and shows onto. The projector screen is lying on the floor, waiting to be mounted.

03 living-movie wall

Slav has a pretty cool standing desk which he has been using for a couple years. We are lucky to get a few of these desks for cheap. We each kept one desk for personal use (mine is not assembled at this moment due to lack of space). As for the rest of the desks, Slav disassembled them and only kept the motorized legs. Our plan is to make an adjustable-height kitchen island with these legs, which we can lower and use as a dining table when needed.

The boxes to the left are (hopefully) temporary. These are Slav’s electronic “stuff”, which to me are trash but to him are definitely treasure. Well, at least he promised that they will be consolidated and “gone” by the time I come back from my expected China trip in April.


Kitchen cook top and eat-in island. We have been eating all of our meals standing up next to the island due to lack of chairs. 😉

06 Haallway to bed and bath


Kitchen. This is a pretty old house so the kitchen is … authentic. We could not unpack all our cookware and dishes due to the lack of storage. Interestingly, we got comfortable with just a few dishes pretty quickly. See, there is no dish washer, and we only have one shallow sink. A couple plates and mugs are used for each meal, then immediately washed and dried. Next meal, we just used the same ones. It is very different how we use our plates and mugs when we had a dishwasher.

07 kitchen


Laundry room. Yes. this door needs some upgrade…

08 Laundry and garage


The small hallway next to the stove leads to bedroom, bathroom and the utility closet. We did not unpack many art pieces and picture frames at the new place, only a few that means a lot to us. The painting hung above our bed is by Adam Faglio from Poland. He is a family friend and a brilliant artist. He painted the castle from Slav’s hometown in winter.

10 Bed


Bathroom. There is very little storage so we only unpacked the essentials. My guess is that we will again get used to live on very few things. We never had storage units, but we are not minimalist either by any means. I kind of like how this place forced us to live towards minimalism.

11 Bath

Our landlord is so kind that he gave us this new “world map) shower curtain. Do you know that there is a place called “the Sandwich Islands“?

12 Bath

I hope that you like our little rental! It is an old house and it is not perfect. But this cozy place is where we became Coloradoans. One of the things sold Slav to this place is a sunroom that spins the entire length of our apartment on the southern side, which I will show you in a separate video tomorrow. Thanks for checking out!

My First Tree

Since I landed on the U.S. soil 10 years ago, I have been slowly getting used to Christmas. To someone who did not grow up with Christianity,  Christmas looks scary – bright lights everywhere, the nativity scene, the pressure of giving good gifts, the shopping crowd, the travelling, being careful not to accidentally tell any kids Santa is fake, etc. Lights on all the houses keeps me up at night. The only part of the Christmas tradition I actually enjoy, is the Christmas tree.

My first Christmas here, I went to an outlet where I saw a big, well decorated tree standing in the middle of a market square. People were smiling and hugging and taking pictures under the tree, there was Christmas music playing, and some restaurant even put a few tables under the tree for couples to dine. I was so moved by the holiday atmosphere a lit tree provides and decided that I wanted one my own. And I want a big one! Not something tucked into the corner of a dark low-ceiling room, I want a big one free standing in the middle of the two story hall or tall living space, next to a big window so I can see it from outside, so I can bathe in the light when I watch snow fall in cold winter nights!

This year, with most of the immediate family living overseas, Slav and I have the luxury to stay home for a Christmas-for-two. We both need to write for work, but we can do that from home. So the whole week of Christmas and New Years will be lots of snugging and sipping hot tea in our pjs. We do not plan to entertain guests, so likely we will be cooking a couple Polish traditional Christmas dish, And the good part, We will have a tree!

Planning ahead, I got a tree at 70% discount last January. Yes, you heard it right, I bought a brand new, pre-lit tree for December 2015 on January, 7th, 2015 (we are very cheap). It is 8 feet tall and very well-rounded. The tip of each branches are white, so it looks like it has snow on it – something we miss so so so much.


You might notice that there is no gifts under the tree – we decided to not do gifts for each other, to which Slav gave a huge sigh of relief.

We indeed ordered a few things for the whole family, which we have being eyeing on for months, including a new king mattress and a pasta maker. I had the mattress in my Costco shopping cart for months now and the Christmas discounts pulled the triggers. 🙂 I have to tell you more about the mattress – because it is a pretty big deal to both of us. We always get cheap, second-hand mattress off Craigslist, which were pretty beaten up (again, we are very very cheap). So this is the first new mattress any of us has ever gotten in the States. We have been sleeping on the new mattress for two nights and these are the best sleep I could remember! It turns out we love firm mattresses, and all the second hand ones are pretty saggy. I do not remember how many times I wake up with a broken back. And now I cannot wait to get to bed!

We also put out a modern “tree” in our bedroom for some Christmas feels. We had a tabletop tree for years when we lived in an apartment and did not have room for a real tree. Now it is living on our side-table. I guess this will be all of Christmas spread this year. I am very much looking forward to sipping some hot cocoa under my tree in Christmas morning!

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