“Two people could build an outhouse in four hours. They’re not complicated.”

The AC went on first thing this morning. Despite the open windows, the house felt stuffy. Both dogs came inside with their tongues hanging then decided to chase each other back and forth in the hall with a stop on the couch to chew on each other’s muzzles. They drove me crazy. Henry is now barking at something he heard outside. I’m ignoring him. I know his bark language. He probably heard a car.

Today will be in the 80’s and cloudy and hot the whole day. Thunderstorms are predicted for tomorrow, but I’m skeptical. Rain seems always to make an end run around us. Everything is dry.

I enjoy being home in the cool air and don’t push myself to go out despite a car already filled with trash and two bags of cat litter still needing to be loaded into the stuffed trunk. It reminds me of a clown car at the circus which miraculously unloads clown after clown after clown. I’ll remove the bags with a flourish.

I keep thinking I can go to the dump early tomorrow after coffee and the papers instead of today. It just seems too hot today to be hauling trash. I could stay home and vacuum a bit and maybe even dust. I do have to put on a new toilet seat. The other one broke this morning, and I just happened to have a spare toilet seat in the cellar.

When I went to Morocco, I had lunch in a village near the mountains. I needed to use the bathroom so I was directed to the small building outside. It was a bathroom with a hole. In Ghana, many bathrooms were just holes. They were easy to use as I wore dresses all the time because women didn’t wear pants back then. The best technique was just the simple squat. This time though I was wearing long pants. I had to figure a new technique on the fly. I decided to rely on my experiences and squat. It was a little complicated in long pants, but I successfully managed all three: the hole, the pants, and the pee. Later, on one of my trips to Ghana, at a gas station stop, the bathrooms were outside. I went to the ladies and found a hole. I was wearing long pants, now culturally acceptable, and I had experience with long pants and a hole so I was unperturbed. I just squatted.

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10 Comments on ““Two people could build an outhouse in four hours. They’re not complicated.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I was an avid hiker back in the good knees days and had a lot of experience with long pants, squats, and holes in the ground.
    I would’ve said I probably couldn’t do the squat these days but I surprised myself this morning. I spent half an hour in a deep squat while I wrapped my little quince bush’s enclosure with copper mesh to keep the damn bunnies from eating it.

    There’s been tons of rain here. Today is the first day all month that there hasn’t been rain. It’s the first day all month that there has been sunshine. My grass is exploding. The crew mowed it Friday and I shall have to mow it again in a day or so because they only come every two weeks.

    The dump plan sounds good. It’s supposed to be cooler tomorrow so emptying the bags with a clown car flourish will be more comfortable. Unless it rains.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I used to walk to and from school every day, 8 miles every day. It was my back which gave out. I did enjoy those walks.

      If I ever squat, I suspect I’ll have trouble getting back up. I’d better be near something I can grab a hold of to hoist myself up.

      We’ll have rain maybe tomorrow but I don’t trust that. As I wrote, we just haven’t been getting any rain. I think we had one big storm a few weeks back, and that’s it. My poor grass is a bit yellow

      I didn’t go to the dump today., but I did go to uke practice at 6:30. It was a beautiful night to be outside.

      Take care!

      • Caryn Says:

        The rainy streak remains unbroken. It rained during the night. Today is sunny but full of Oregon fire haze. There will be thunderstorms later in the afternoon. Might as well go for the record.

      • katry Says:

        The storm warning was for naught. We didn’t get any rain today unless it comes tonight. We got no rain yesterday. The Gods of weather are not our friends.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Your story reminds me of the time I visited our training center in northern Italy. The building was being remodeled from its previous use as the WWII aircraft manufacturer SIAI-Marchetti. Who know the Italians made airplanes. When I visited the men’s toilet, the contractor had installed “Turkish Toilets”. These were essentially porcelain horseshoe like things at floor level surrounding a hole in the floor. There was a flushing button but one had to squat over the hole to defecate. I never realized these things existed. A few days later the contractor returned and installed the correct western style commodes.

    Today is partly cloudy with another abnormally cool day of 87°. There’s a low chance of rain through the weekend and next week the real summer heating is predicted. Can’t wait for the real summer to arrive. 🙂

    You are having lots of fun with your canine children. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Many of the hole bathrooms have footprints in metal right on each side of the hole. I always figured they showed the correct stance to keep your feet dry. Just in case, I put my feet right there.

      Toilets do differ around the world. Look at those new sidewalk toilets. They are quite popular.

      I love we were far too hot at 84˚. That should be August though I guess we are getting closer.

      • Bob Says:

        I forgot about the footprints. Yes, we humans have lot’s of different cultural differences. That’s what makes life interesting.

      • katry Says:

        That is one of the reasons I love to travel.

  3. Christer. Says:

    No rain over here either, hot again but we have a cool breeze blowing so it doesn’t feel as bad as it is 🙂

    So since the wind can blow through my cottage upstairs, even though I can’t feel any wind at all when I’m downstairs, the upper floor feels rather comfortable, much better than downstairs actually.

    I must admit that I’m not especially fond of the holes in the ground 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The little rain we had for a more minutes last night did no good. We need a deluge. Today, though, is a perfect day!

      My house is just the opposite. The upstairs always feels hotter than the downstairs. I have a window AC up there to help the central air. I hate falling asleep in a hot room.Last night was actually a bit chilly.

      I didn’t mind the holes when I lived there, but now I am a bit too old and achy to squat for too long. Luckily I usually can find a real bathroom in Ghana and always when I travel in Europe.

      Enjoy your day!


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