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  •  What a fun experience - to look back on. (0+ / 0-)

    When we were building the house, we camped here for about 6 months, then "camped" in the house for another 3 as it was being completed. Good move building the outhouse on the first day. We first used the log tied between 2 trees, but I immediately got chiggers. So I had my husband build a "toilet" - a plywood box with a real toilet seat and black plastic "walls" around it. That made Pat a happy camper.

    Like you, I learned to appreciate each and every amenity that we take for granted as a new one was added. The best was getting the fridge in after using a cooler for about 9 months. Even though it was a Sunfrost which is like a big cooler in that you had to take everything out to find anything, it was a huge improvement. My best day was 5 years ago after we hooked to the grid and I could get rid of the Sunfrost and get a real refrigerator with shelves that moved and drawers, etc.

    I learned that I never want to live in a town again. (We moved here from Midtown Memphis and I had never lived anywhere but a city or town). I still love it that my nearest neighbor's house is almost a mile away. Inconvenient when you need something from the store or want to visit people, but it has sure made us learn to plan our trips.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 03:52:21 AM PDT

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    •  Actually, I guess getting the running water (0+ / 0-)

      was even more exciting than the fridge.

      You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

      by sewaneepat on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 03:53:43 AM PDT

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      •  When friends would visit for the first time.. (1+ / 0-)
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        and discover we lived with an outhouse they would be sort of amazed that we were so primitive.  I learned to get this puzzled and quizzical look and say: in your HOUSE?
        Something to think about.

        "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

        by Chico David RN on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 12:00:19 PM PDT

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