Friday, April 3, 2009

Something Old

Today is Day 5 of My Life. In Pictures. and it is the final day! I have had a great time capturing pieces of my life in pictures this week and I just wanted to thank Amber at Everything Except the Grill for hosting this fun photo challege.

I had thought of all sorts of things that were old that I could take pictures of (including myself, since I'm feeling pretty old lately), but I decided to take a picture of our outhouse behind our house.


Our house was built in the 1930's, so I'm assuming that the outhouse is from the same time. I'm not exactly sure why the previous owners kept it up after installing indoor plumbing in the house, but I'm glad they did! It's actually a three-holer, which I find intriguing to some extent. I love my privacy (though I usually don't get it with 2 little ones) and I cannot comprehend how they used to 'do their business' while sitting next to someone else? They must have been one very close family! :-)

Even though the original owners felt the need to keep the outhouse, I'm not sure how much longer we will be able to. In a lot of ways I want to keep it, since it was part of our yard from when Rich bought the house and it is definitely a conversation piece. At the same time, it is also showing it's age and I don't know that we can afford to fix it up. It's an extra building that we don't use and there are several more urgent fixes that we need to work on as we can. Either way, I love that I took this picture. I think it turned out neat and it will be great to have, especially if we decide we need to tear down the outhouse in the future. :-)

15 comments:

Naomi said...

So have you thought about re-furbing it for another purpose? Great shot! Great history!

Curly Muse said...

oh wow... I wonder what "stuff" other than the obvious is down there. I have heard of old valuable bottles (the glass, I guess) and other things people wanted to "flush" down! Great picture

Sally said...

Wow - I don't think I know anyone with an outhouse!

Nice shot!

BeeHappy said...

What a great story! Good pick for today's find.

allenaim photography and design said...

That is SO cool...

Sassy Britches said...

Oh, that would be so unfortunate if you'd have to tear it down! I'm with Naomi--can you use it for something else?

And, as always, your pics are amazing!

Kathryn said...

I vaguely remember outhouses. My great-grandfather (who died at age 95) never had his house updated.

Old days, some things we don't miss!

Thank you for sharing. It is unique as well as old.

H-Mama said...

what a neat piece of history! great pic too!

Trixie said...

Hi Kristie,

Just popping in for a visit from the comment you left on my blog. It's nice to see a fellow Michigander!

I agree with you on the ordering pizza out. When we do this we end up with two meals too. It's such a nice break from cooking and it's much cheaper than "regular" takeout.

I could'nt help but notice your outhouse photo. It's so neat that you've tried to keep it up. I actually grew up using an outhouse and recently wrote all about it -- including the rules for having company while you are doing your business in a 3 holer.

You can see my post here.

http://farmhomelife.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-old-fashioned-life-outhouses.html


Take Care,

Trixie

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Wow that is the coolest picture and I love the story. Your farm sounds so peaceful, I'm coming over :).

P.S. Love the new picture of you and the kids ;)

Sheri said...

Guess if the power goes out and ya need to go-you have some place to do it? My sis in law has one that has two seats in it-one for the big peoples and one for the little kids-altho completely not in use-it was built in the late 1800s-and it just sits amongst the weeds. A bit of history I guess.

kelley4 said...

I love this picture!!! Very rustic feeling!

Jenny said...

LOVE the photo. A three-holer? I've never heard of anything other than a single hole outhouse. I think that's so cool!

Alexia said...

Great shot! I don't think I could go to the bathroom with someone sitting right next to me LOL

Amber, That's Me! said...

Sorry I am just getting around to comments now! I was wiped out after this week in pics! I am glad you got such a great shot, this was what the challenge was about. It will serve as a great memory if you have to tear it down.

Thanks for playing, I had a blast!

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