Simpler Times

family-heirloom

Due to having too many things going on; this post is a day late. Also due to lack of planning on my part this post is a day late! I decided to take a look at the pictures on my external hard drive and see if I could find some inspiration for a post. I did find some that reminded me of stories my husband tells of simpler times.

When my husband was a kid he did not have an indoor bathroom until he was in grade school. When he first told me this back when we were dating (this is a long way back!) I did not believe him. As a plumber’s daughter I guess I assumed everyone my age had indoor plumbing……not so.

I finally saw a photo of his home. He and two of his brothers were sitting on their front porch. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the exact location where they were perched on the steps was where the bathroom was now located. For a long time I heard, “I told you so.”

His oldest brother now lives on the home place.   A few years back he offered the outhouse to my husband. My husband was thrilled and a few days after the offer was made, we were headed down the road with a trailer, to go retrieve this heirloom.

At this time, that heirloom is standing behind a shed on our yard. We have yet to decide where to give it a permanent location. I would love to put it near my garden. I am thinking that might be a handy place to have an outhouse. People have asked me if I am going to repurpose it as a garden shed.  I don’t think I will. I already have a summer kitchen for that use.

I would really like to give it a new life for it’s original purpose. Yes…..I would like to seetwo-holer-outhouse this two-holer outhouse, functional once again. My husband likes to ask me if I am trying to create my own “pioneer village” in our back yard. I think he sees the summer kitchen and chicken coop and thinks I have a pretty good start.

Maybe he is right. Maybe I am just liking the idea of old buildings put back to use. Maybe I just like the idea of what those little buildings represent…….a simpler time. A time back before indoor plumbing. Or a time when every farm had a summer kitchen for those hot muggy summer days; when a farm wife did not want to heat up her house cooking for the family.

I love the thought of how self-sufficient those early farmers were. Their big gardens, full pantries, milk cows and windmills to pump water kind of fascinate me. I know they worked hard as everything was done manually. No automatic washers, no garden tillers, no riding lawn mowers just to name a few things.

To be honest, I would hate to have to use this outhouse in the wintertime. That part does not fascinate me at all! I also would not relish having to share my space with the spiders and other critters that always seem to inhabit outdoor sheds.

I think for my husband this little white building represents the wonderful innocent years of his childhood. The good memories stand out and what a blessing that is. His stories mirror those my grandparents have told.

From the stories I have heard from my grandparents, they worked hard but they also had  wonderful times. I think they learned how very important family and neighbors were. I think they realized that the important thing in life was relationships and it was easier to do life; if you did it with the people you loved.

May your life be filled with people you can count on and  may you be blessed with memories that bring you joy. And may something as simple as an outhouse bring a smile to your face.

 Anmol Andore

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48 thoughts on “Simpler Times

  1. kindergartenknowledge says:

    Your quote is so very true! I have seen relationships with our friends give us strength in such difficult times and in the happiest of times. Our friendships have lasted because we know that we can count on each other for joy, sorrow and all of the in-between times! Now…about the outhouse…I also love saving old structures and the outhouse would be handy by the garden. I am not sure that I want one at the farm and I am sure that there was an outhouse at one time. I wonder what happened to it. I might not want one because I am concerned that a critter like a skunk or a possum or a snake might greet me one day! However, I do need your one room schoolhouse and I am on the lookout for one…along with Pete.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      My husband just laughed about you wanting Pete! I will have to put some photos on a post sometime of our schoolhouse. Right now it is the holder of architectural salvage from multiple acreages and houses that were being torn down.
      I wouldn’t worry too much about a skunk in the outhouse unless I used it towards evening. Then…..who knows what would be in there!

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      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        I will never stop looking for Pete the Pirate! I am obsessed! I am always searching! I told Mike about the outhouse and now he wants one! I knew that would happen! I will put it behind the hay barn, plant some daisies around it and paint a moon above the door! I have to find one first. I am also looking for the one room schoolhouse! I will put it beside the dairy barn and paint it red with a little bell tower on the top. I have so many plans! My outhouse is for an “architectural piece of beauty” behind the barn and for desperate times for people other than myself!

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        My husband says to tell Mike that this one is a deluxe model as it is a “two-hole” outhouse. We are never sure why two holes. Not sure why anyone wants company for that task?
        We could take measurements and you could build one! And yes desperate times might call for desperate measures in the use of an outhouse.

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  2. susieshy45 says:

    Faye,
    First, what is an outhouse ?
    I love your post about simplicity and minimalism. An antitheses to the general trend in the current generation. I wish we could go back in time and get the good things of those times back. Simple desires and ambitions- desires that were probably un- achievable at those times (but are easily satisfied in today’s time), a time when politics was difficult but seemingly with ethics and to speak religion was not taboo. I liked those times for the work ethic portrayed- hard work and good rest at the end of the day- no need for sleeping pills or sleep enhancers. I like the times of family prayers at the beginning and end of a day- the times of singing a hymn together at day break and at dusk and readings from the Holy Book to lead us and enhance our faith. And most of all I like those times for ” time”- the time they had to socialise, talk to others, say ” good morning” or go for a quiet walk together or help each other in times of trouble.
    I love your post- please remind us of the good old days by more posts like this.
    Also a post about a dish cloth pattern from your grandma.
    Susie

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      An outhouse was a little building that was the outdoor bathroom facilities. It basically had a bench (of wood) with a hole in it. No insulation, and a half moon cut into the door for ventilation.
      I am grateful for indoor plumbing. I would hate to travel out there in the winter time….too cold.
      I love hearing stories from my folks about when they were kids. My husband also has wonderful stories of fishing with neighbors and fish fries, working with neighbors and family and playing with them. Relationships were so important and people took the time to nurture those bonds. We could learn a lot from that support system. And yes, they took time to thank the Heavenly Father for what they had and were grateful no matter how much or little it was.
      I will get on that dishcloth post!

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  3. peggyjoan42 says:

    My in-laws still had an outhouse when I married my husband. My grandmother had one on her farm until she died. I was once in one of those lovely houses in Arizona with a rattle snake. I got out before he got me. Hope you find the perfect place for this little house.

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  4. rabbitpatchdiary.com says:

    another favorite! those last two paragraphs were especially beautiful! Best wishes for the outhouse project. Bet your grankids will love it! Also, there is some system that I have read about maybe from modern homesteaders or tiny house dwellers. eco friendly and simple.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      “I used to be brave” that made me laugh because I say the very same thing…..often. And then, depending on the topic, I am not sure if I was brave or stupid LOL
      Ocheyden is really not that far from where I live!

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  5. Kewrites says:

    A great post as usual grandma, that outdoor house is what most families have back home in Cameroon. I grew up using something similar (less fancy) outdoor bathroom. Love the relationship quote at the end.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I wondered about the facilities in Cameroon. We are really quite spoiled in the US…..in more ways than one. When I do use the “smelly” ones in a campground, I am grateful for my indoor facilities.
      I do think it will be handy for the times I am outside, in the garden, mowing the lawn, etc.
      I really like that quote too!

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  6. PaperPuff says:

    I know what an outhouse is as my uncle Paddy in Ireland (yes I really had an uncle called Paddy Murphy!) Had one. But what is a summer kitchen? Is it an outdoor cooking area?

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