A Snowy Outhouse

A rare snow is an excuse to play outside.
CAPPER's Staff
Good Old Days


Content Tools

Related Content

Trucks in the Snow

The epic saga of me getting stuck in a snowdrift after we moved to our farm.

Curious Comfort

A paragraph or two on what different people consider comfort foods.

Santa's Visit

Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.

The Kitchen and Shopping

The first year of our hobby farm continued.

It had started snowing at bedtime the night before. How excited I was, for in our valley we only had snow once every few years and I loved snow. To me it was one of God's miracles. I awakened next morning as Dad was preparing to go to work. As I sat up I noticed someone had taken the pot, which we kept in the bedroom for night use, out. I remembered last night's snow and wanted to see if it was still there, so I decided I needed to use the outhouse. Ordinarily, I was very much afraid of the dark, but I pulled on my boots, put a coat over my pajamas and stepped outside. 

Everything was covered with a 6-inch mantle of white. To this eleven-year-old it looked like a fairyland. All fear of night vanished. I walked slowly to the outhouse, visited it and walked slowly back to the house, savoring every moment of this magical world. In daylight it was beautiful, but the magical touch was gone.

As I look back now I am thankful we did not have indoor plumbing, otherwise I never would have been allowed out in the dark and would have missed this wonderland memory.

Mrs. Gale E. Cripe, Sr.
Orland, California


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today
First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
 

Want to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer — the newly restored publication from the rural know-how experts at Grit.com — updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more. Subscribe today and discover the joys of homemade living and homesteading insight — with a dash of modern living — that makes up the new Capper’s Farmer.

Save Even More Money with our automatic renewal savings plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Capper's Farmer for only $19.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and I'll pay just $19.95 for a one year subscription!