Garden accents?

So the warmer weather of the last two days reduced the mountains of snow to half the size they were last week. The side yard is exposed, and so is the winter handiwork of my old dog who can’t walk far from the house to see to business. I need a bigger thaw to clean up that still-frozen mess.

Speaking of…we replaced two nearly 30-year-old toilets and have one more to go. Toilets aren’t as daunting to replace as you might think. Conscious of adding to the landfill, we’ve been cobbling together new parts for old fixtures for years, sometimes even holding plastic pieces over a flame so we could bend them to fit. It’s gotten to the point where we have little signs asking users to wait until the tanks stop filling just in case it never stops. They don’t even make seats for these things anymore. It was time.

Three bathrooms are a ridiculous amenity, in my opinion.  What small house needs three bathrooms? That’s three times the chore! I know. It’s been my chore for nearly 30 years. My husband grew up with four adults and four kids in an 1880’s wood frame house sharing the bathroom that toiletwas obviously converted from a small bedroom. (The outhouse must have been out back.) I grew up in a household of nine (five kids and up to four adults) and we managed with one bathroom too.  

So why did I bring this up? To make you smile. With this second wave of polar vortex weather, we’ve had one toilet frozen to the ground right outside our door for a full week. Yesterday after a day of 50°, it was finally freed. I heard my husband dragging the throne across the sidewalk to his truck yesterday after he came home from work. I stuck my head out the door to tell him I’d gotten used to it being there and was planning on planting chives in it. He laughed and said, “Yeah, you would. That’s why I’m getting it out of here today.”

lol No, I’m not that bad. Would you believe toilet planters exist? The internet is full of pictures. How can anyone look at this and think what a lovely garden feature? It’s a toilet with flowers in it! Chives would be better…



I’ve temporarily cut back on blogging cleanfor my put-my-life-back-in-order spring cleaning — a project known far and wide as the Annual Purge. Thanks for stopping by even if there isn’t much new to see. I have no time for blogging right now, but the extinct word of the day is updated daily.


Another 100 Things Blogging Challenge! For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Words on the Verge of Extinction. There are 32 entries to come.

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I’ll be blogging full bore in April with the A to Z Challenge. I’ve started my list already — my topics will cover fascinating aspects from history. I have a healthy sense of wonder. I promise your imagination will fly with mine.

For ten days in April I’ll be in the Authors in Bloom blog hop on one of my satellite blogs. It’s all about showing those many facets authors have outside of their novels. Many years ago, my husband and I led wild foods programs for Chicago’s Field Museum and I’ll be sharing my recipes.



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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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2 Responses to Garden accents?

  1. Ray G says:

    I’ve seen toilet lanterns. I don’t thin I would want ne unless my yard was fenced. Before Dad built a new house on the farm the pipes used to freeze. We had an outhouse to use when that happened. He buried the pipes from the cistern to the house fifteen feet underground. -25 F did not freeze the pipes after that. To make sure the pump from the well always worked he enclosed it in a heated pump house.

    • 15 feet! That’s a determined man. 🙂 We have a two-seater right outside the door. I suppose so you could continue the conversation you started in the house that way…

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