Sunday, October 30, 2011


This is a home similar to what we lived in when I was a small child. I don't know the folks in this old photo but it's from the same area we lived in back then. You can see the windows are raised and  the curtains blowing. It looks like maybe they are wearing overalls, which was also what most boys and men in the country wore during that time. I love seeing these old photos of days gone by. Life was a lot harder then for folks. No electricity, no inside bathrooms, etc.  We kept our milk and butter in a spring to keep it cold. Usually some cracks in the walls and the floor, so in the winter the snow came in on you while you were sleeping. I can't imagine what some people would do these days if they had to live like this, myself included!! I could do it, but I don't think I'd like it one bit! Remembering those days makes me thankful for all the modern conveniences we have nowadays.

Sunday Sign 
This one is thanks to either Ralph or Sandy. I forget since they both have sent me church signs before.
Unfortunately stealing the copper from A/C units continues on today. I think it's terrible that people do that. Some will steal anything to get some money though.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and have an even better week!


Blogger Donna. W said...

The one thing my grandchildren think they could not do is use an outhouse on a regular basis. Funny, it's all I knew, so I had no problem with it. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

5:28 PM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

Well, I know I couldn't do it, Rachel.....Not then, or now! I need a bathroom more than anything else--especially these days!!! (lol)

9:22 PM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

No electricity meant no electric bills. No indoor plumbing meant no stopped up toilets. There were some advantages. It is hard to believe that we actually lived in a time without air conditioning in homes or cars or central heat.

2:53 AM  
Blogger Tipper said...

I love the first picture! And no I don't think I could make it like they did back then.

The sign just makes me shake my head-what will people not steal.

1:30 PM  
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2:43 PM  
Blogger Ralph said...

Sandy deerves the credit for the sign.
Great post! I read it yesterday but have been thinking about it most of today. I remember outhouses, my Grandpa had one on his farm. I thought that was so much fun. But then I remember when TV's would air the news at 10:00 at night and start off with, "It's 10:00 o'clock do you know where your kids are?" Most parents did. I remember being the only one in the neighborhood without a TV. Then getting that first black and white set - joy of joys. I remember TV signing off at night - no 24 hour a day stuff. I drank from the hose, I drank from the creek, I rode my bike without a helmet, I rode in the back of a pickup truck. Life probably was harder "back then" but in some senses was a lot more fulfilling.
Awhile back I was visiting with my son and daughter and my son said to me, "Yeah, and why didn't you tell us we were poor when we were growing up?" Without missing a beat I replied, "We weren't poor. We just didn't have any money." He sat back, nodded his head and I knew he got the message.
It's what you make it.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Yep, I remember the snow filtering the window via my older siblings stories. Our current house was built when I was 4 so I've always had it pretty good.
Hope all is okay with y'all.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Rachel ~~ I love your old house picture. It reminds me of the one my grandparents lived in when they moved to Missouri.

Our more modern 1880's house growing up was a four roomer, living, country kitchen, and two bedrooms upstairs. Lois had the north room and the folks had the south. I slept on the front porch, not heated.

Mothers, guard your coppers.

8:04 PM  
Blogger possum said...

We still have an outhouse both here and at our house in the Poconos. It is great when working out in the yard when you are too muddy to trot thru the house... also WONDERFUL when the power goes out. But there is the "Thunder-mug" for the middle of the night when you can't see if there are any bears around.
We also still have the old cook stoves and keep a wood box filled- just in case.

The old well is still there. The grandkids think it is great fun to chill a watermelon in a bucket down the well. I would not want to drink that water today, but, it is there if we had to use it.
Great post!

2:19 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Tough times back then Rachel but some of our MODERN problems are tough too.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

Here's what I remember from my childhood home: squirrels in the attic rolling nuts across the floor. To this day I will not sleep in a room that has a door to the attic because I heard some pretty weird stuff coming from up there.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Sandy Hatcher-Wallace said...

Loved your Sunday Sign and unfortunately even churches get their things stolen too. Hope all is okay in your neck of the woods.
Jimmy's mom always said that there was nothing good about the good ole days, haha.
Have a nice day Rachel.

love you.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Karen On The Run said...

Hi Rachel, I told my oldest about the house and outhouse from your blog at dinner last night. She couldn't imagine not having a bathroom inside your house or the snow coming in. She is starting to understand how tough it is without heat and AC, but we live in London... So, the window is our heater and AC. This was a shock to all of us when moving here to not have a heater or AC! One advantage, our electric bill is a lot cheaper! I hope all is well with you!


5:50 AM  

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