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Finishing the Outhouse

by Tara

For the past couple of weeks, I've been working on the outhouse, finishing tasks that remained after we bade farewell to our friends Shlomy, Britney, and Nehemiah. While it seems that winter should really be on its way by now, we've recently been treated instead to a few sunny, 60 degree days. I made the most of these unexpectedly spring-like afternoons to paint, paint, paint.

Painting Outhouse Dutch Doors Outhouse in Progress

Painting is a pleasant, mindless task that allows me to get lost in my audiobooks. (On weekdays, when I work on projects by myself, I almost always listen to a novel. I'm not joking when I say that the Outlander series kept me sane throughout last year's house-building marathon.) In the case of painting the outhouse, I took a quick break from The Farseer Trilogy I've been devouring (so good!) to listen to Longbourne, which I also loved and finished in one day. Thanks, Elizabeth for the recommendation!

Tara Painting Outhouse

Besides painting, I've been doing dozens of small tasks like building a magazine rack, hanging a picture, installing my grandmother's antique spice cabinet, spray painting the toilet seat hardware to match the forged seatbox hardware, fitting the moon-and-star panel that Shlomy and I made into the dutch door, etc.

Tara-Made Magazine Rack and Antique Drawing in Outhouse Outhouse Seat Box & Floor View with Mary's Awesome Broom Antique Spice/Medicine Cabinet in Outhouse Outhouse Dutch Door

Speaking of the dutch door, Tyler and I recently hung it. By some wondrous miracle, we didn't have to do too much fiddling with either section of door to get the thing opening and closing properly. Nice work squaring the jamb Shlomy!


In the evenings after I'm done working for the day, Tyler sometimes musters the energy to tackle a bit of roofing. Other than installing the slate and doing a few minor tasks, our outhouse is basically done!

Tyler Preparing Slate for Outhouse Roof Tyler Slating Outhouse Roof

I have to say, it's a mighty fine place to poop.

View from the Outhouse Strawbale Cottage & Outhouse View
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Awesome job with all the homestead projects guys! U guys r always inspiring and even give me hope on my projects. Merry Christmas!
Posted by Aaron Placke on December 25th, 2015 at 10:19 PM
THAT is a beautiful thing!
Posted by Anne on December 26th, 2015 at 9:34 AM
So glad you enjoyed Longbourne. By coincidence, I just started reading Outlander...
I have never seen such a gorgeous outhouse. Ever. Well done!
Posted by elizabeth on December 28th, 2015 at 2:04 PM
Nice looking outhouse. Over many cups of tea and coffee, at Grandma Jeanne's kitchen, table, I remember seeing the spice
cabinet . We miss your Grandma Jeanne and Grandpa Don. I like that
you have his "timber cutting" boots.
Posted by Marian from St. Louis on December 31st, 2015 at 1:12 PM
Aww, thank you! It makes me so happy to hear that you're finding inspiration in our story. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too :)

Thank you!

Thank you! Lemme know what you think of Outlander! xo

It is wonderful to hear from you. It warms my heart to know you're thinking of my grandparents too. They really were special people. Have a wonderful new year!

Posted by Tara on January 3rd, 2016 at 10:40 PM
This makes my heart happy! :) Love and miss you guys
Posted by Shlomy on January 18th, 2016 at 6:56 PM
Thanks Shlomy! We love and miss you too!
Posted by Tara on January 19th, 2016 at 10:51 AM