Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dry Sink Memory

Good morning sweet dear friends
I cannot believe this month is almost over already can you?

Most of you who have been following me for awhile
know that I spent my Summers on both
 my paternal and maternal grandparents homesteads.

My paternal grandparents were pretty wealthy back in their day.

My maternal grandparents were not so well off.

However, I loved spending my time with both, 
and actually my love for prim goodies came from my maternal gramma B.

Gramma B did not have running water in her farmhouse.
Which means no toilet or shower.
Yes, we used an outhouse to do our business
 and a cast iron tub to bathe in.

Unlike the drysink I have,
she actually used her dry sink to wash dishes.
She had a black pump on the side like mine (hers was a bit taller though)
I also remember her drysink having shelves underneath 
were she kept her enamelware. 
Also  a wire rack holding her soap like I have also done.

Gramma B had a large enamelware tub inside her drysink.
She would pump water into a cast iron kettle
and boil the water on her woodstove.
(No furnace either)
Once the water was boiled, she added her dishes and silverware
to the tub and poured boiling water over all.
She let it sit a bit  and then scrubbed them.
Once they were scrubbed she would rinse them in another enamelware tub
which was located on the cupbaord next to the drysink.
She would towel dry everything and put away underneath.

I feel blessed to be able to enjoy my current drysink and all of my
other treasures,
but also blessed to have actually lived this way when I was a child.
It truly makes you appreciate what you have and to cherish what God has given.
Be blessed my friends!

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week.

A Truly Primitive Blessings To All!


  1. I loved this post Janice, enjoy hearing the story. That is a beautiful drysink with all the other treasures, looks so great. Blessings Francine.

  2. What a gorgeous drysink! What wonderful memories!

  3. I can remember my folks living a lot like this. Dolly says she is thankful for humble beginnings. We are too.

  4. A great post. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading this story. I love the photos you included as well.

  5. How wonderful for all of the memories! My favorite kind of decorating to see is when each individual has incorporated their family memories into their home. I just loved you post today. You are truly blessed. Thank you for sharing.

  6. What a wonderful memory Janice and I LOVE your dry sink...stay warm hugs lil raggedy Angie

  7. Hi Janice, I love your dry sink, and what awesome memories of your grandma! I rem. both of my grandmothers pie safes and I was just facinated with then, what I wouldn't do to own one of them. For many years neither one of my grandma's had electric or a bathroom either, how did they survive, love my country roots. Have a great day! hugs, Lecia

  8. Hello Janice.... We really have come a long way in modern convenience. I have all those same wonderful memories of holidaying at my Aunt & Uncles Farm. I thought it was the neatest thing heading out to the "outhouse"& bathing in the enamel tub in the back kitchen on saturdays. I lived in town & we had two bathrooms & running water,etc. I think I maybe didn 't really appreciate it all back then. I loved my cousins place & they thought they were in Heaven at mine.I sure appreciate it all now, LOL! Although I LoVe the prim style... I do draw the line there:)

  9. Great story and your dry sink is wonderful!

  10. wonderful dry sink!
    lovely memories, thanks for sharing!
    I enjoyed reading this!

  11. What treasured memories.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    I love love your drysink.
    Woolie Blessings


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