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Outhouse

My theme for the A to Z Challenge is Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura Ingalls Wilder was the author of the Little House books and there was a television series very loosely based on the books. I began reading the books when I was eleven years old (which even I have a hard time believing is over 40 years ago!). If you would like to read about my feelings about Laura, visit this site. I have also listed helpful sites and blogs in my sidebar if you would like to learn more.

O is for Outhouse.

What, you ask, do outhouses have to do with Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House books?
Well, she never mentions them in the books.
Not once.
They must have been there…way out back.

My bathroom is decorated with an outhouse theme.

This has nothing to do with Laura Ingalls Wilder or
the Little House books.
Jim and I found it at an antique store on one of our outings
and had to bring it home.
It sits on the back of the potty. 🙂

**Join me and many other Laura fans at LauraPalooza 2012 (the
second-ever Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference), which will be held July
12-14, 2012, in Mankato, Minnesota. For more information visit Beyond Little House and look for the heading “LauraPalooza 2012”. The pull down menu will have all of the information that you are looking for!**

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16 thoughts on “Outhouse

  1. Of course they never mentioned the outhouse! It just wasn't "done." Women NEVER mentioned personal things. I have read diaries of women who mention nothing about about pregnancy until they mention "our little daughter joined us today." etc. It's up there with mentioning (shock!)legs, undergarments, "the women's curse." But it was there, all the same —- out back where a visitor would not see a woman head that way. Love the pictures!

  2. Of course they never mentioned the outhouse! It just wasn't "done." Women NEVER mentioned personal things. I have read diaries of women who mention nothing about about pregnancy until they mention "our little daughter joined us today." etc. It's up there with mentioning (shock!)legs, undergarments, "the women's curse." But it was there, all the same —- out back where a visitor would not see a woman head that way. Love the pictures!

  3. Yes, she wouldn't have mentioned it, but I bet there were stories. I am a woman in her early 40's and I experienced an outhouse at my great-grandma's up until the age of 5. I have a VIVID memory of the outhouse, especially of my teenage uncle teasing me that snakes were going to bite me on the bum. Stinker! From that point on, I would hold it all day until the "pot" came out in the kitchen at bedtime for anyone who had needed a nightly run. Then I would go. Crazy!

  4. Yes, she wouldn't have mentioned it, but I bet there were stories. I am a woman in her early 40's and I experienced an outhouse at my great-grandma's up until the age of 5. I have a VIVID memory of the outhouse, especially of my teenage uncle teasing me that snakes were going to bite me on the bum. Stinker! From that point on, I would hold it all day until the "pot" came out in the kitchen at bedtime for anyone who had needed a nightly run. Then I would go. Crazy!

  5. I remember the outhouse when I was very young in Wales…and in my grandma's house. And even though they weren't mentioned in LIW, you know they were used :)Rhia from Five Minute Piece for Inspiration (about # 776 on A to Z list)

  6. I remember the outhouse when I was very young in Wales…and in my grandma's house. And even though they weren't mentioned in LIW, you know they were used :)Rhia from Five Minute Piece for Inspiration (about # 776 on A to Z list)

  7. I love the Whiz Soap can! How perfect!We had an outhouse "up north" until I was in my teens. I remember all 5 of us piling on the sled so Dad could pull us thru thigh-deep snow to use it before bed when the pipes in the house froze. I'm pretty sure Mom used a bucket, but where's the adventure in that? Lisa, Random Ramblings

  8. I love the Whiz Soap can! How perfect!We had an outhouse "up north" until I was in my teens. I remember all 5 of us piling on the sled so Dad could pull us thru thigh-deep snow to use it before bed when the pipes in the house froze. I'm pretty sure Mom used a bucket, but where's the adventure in that? Lisa, Random Ramblings

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