Not just yet but thinking…

A couple years ago, I went to the john at the Oscar Tango to try to reduce the chance of having to urbanP on the way home. There was a *line*. That’s *somewhat* unusual but it’s a one-woman stall, so it happens. I think I was second and there was a woman behind me. When it got to be my turn, I said to her, “I’ll be fast.” I *was* fast and when I came back out she said, “You *were* fast!” I said, “When you grow up using an outhouse, you don’t tend to spend a lot of time in bathrooms.” Outhouses are stinky even in the best of circumstances and vampires and werewolves lurked out by ours at night. The pic is my parents building the lowliest of outhouses on earth back in 1960. It did not even have a blasted door.


Now that I think about it, maybe it isn’t the worst thing for a private outhouse to not have a door. My Grandparents’ Dear Uncle Harry’s Outhouse still stands (and I use it once a year when we are closing the Moomincabin, thank you very much, Harry!). It has a door that shuts by itself when you are in there so you can’t see doodly-squat. (Not complaining AT ALL here.) I can’t use the Moomincabin Outhouse because it isn’t there any more because The Engineer and his daughters pulled it down. That was a long time ago (alas) and here is my little bro’ giving me and his co-workers the, well, you can figure that out…


Those were fun times and I miss those days and all the folks (including my brother) who aren’t around any more. Sigh. He destroyed the outhouse because we had had indoor plumbing for umpteen billion years. I don’t have a pic of that bathroom handy but it is not large at all. The Commander installed a tub / shower built for an RV, so you can probably envision the size. Anyway, I married well! I married a guy whose fam owned a rustic northern cabin with a small indoor bathroom. Unlike the Moomincabin, we could use the bathroom in the winter but we had to dump buckets of water down the terlet to flush it.


Our own Landfill Blue and Only Bathroom is ugly but functional (and clean, since I am always after it!). I have often wished for just a few more square feet of space but since I don’t really care doodly-squat about spending a lot of time in bathrooms, I have always gotten along with it. I mean, think about it. If you are spending a lot of time in a bathroom, you are probably having TMI-type issues. Vomiting and/or… Anyway, here we are looking in from the bathroom door.


The next pic is the money shot, at least in my eyes, others may disagree.


Just beyond the Blue Sink is THE CHIMNEY! Do we use the chimney for anything any more? Not really. That is, the “new” (2005) high-efficiency furnace doesn’t use it. The water heater(?) vents outta there somehow. But that could be changed, I think… So maybe we can get rid of the chimney! We won’t have much more space but I’ll take it.

4 Responses to “Not just yet but thinking…”

  1. Margaret Says:

    It is a very cool blue bathroom. My master bathroom used to be blue, but is now green and purple. 🙂

  2. Jay Says:

    To have the open door you just need to push it past the trees that are growing in the way now. I used to leave the door open all the time. I remember spending time with Grandma in the 2-holer, and she would point out the birch leaves shaking in the breeze. The shed just does not provide the same level of shielding from the road that the old garage did.

  3. Sam Says:

    Ah, I can see you’re beginning to get serious about your next LHIP! (large home-improvement project)

  4. jane Says:

    I, of course, have many comments re: the outhouse, but will keep them rather limited. I agree with Jay that pushing the door open until the branches catch it is the way to go — let the sun in! And I’m rather proud that we always have TP in the mouse protected ice cream bucket for any and all to use. All are welcome, but max 2 at a time. 😉 And I use it multiple times a summer just because. And also if there’s a line inside the cabin. 😉