Friday, April 4, 2014


When I went to take the pictures of the Maple View Mennonite Meeting House, I HAD to go to the restroom.  They had two of those brick buildings one said ladies and the other said gentlemen.  Seeing that this was way out in the country, I didn't think they would be open, but thank heavens they were. First unusual thing is that they do not have running water.  Second of all, the restroom is spotless, so someone must come and check on them and clean them.  There were three stalls and each one has a place for you to go potty.  The third unusual thing is on top of the toilet paper is a small shelf, I guess you would call it, with ladies hankies on them.  Each of the stalls has them.  Men and Ladies restrooms have them.  The ladies have pretty ones like the last picture, the men's are plain white.  When you come out of the ladies stall, there is some hand cleaning spray for your hands on a counter, paper towels to wipe your hands on and there was even a new paper baby diaper there.

I took one of the ladies hankies as you can see.  After I got home, I thought that was stealing and called Jean telling her what I did and asked her if I should take it back or send them some money for it.  Jean told me that I didn't do anything wrong - that's what they are there for.  It is a gift from the Mennonites to those that use their restroom.  It's their way of letting people know that God cares and so do they.  She said if you go into their Old Order Mennonite Meeting House outhouse, you will find them in there.  I did correctly in taking only one.  Seeing I collect hankies, Jean said if I really want to thank them - the next time I go out that way, take one of my hankies and leave it where you wash your hands.

The hankie is not handmade, but I still like it very much.  To me that is a very special hankie for my collection and I will take one out there, the next time I go.

So I thought you might enjoy seeing what a Mennonite Meeting House Outhouse looks like.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Everyone,

Just thought I would have something different today. They have sure changed out houses since I was a kid .

Well, have to get Pierre to the groomers this morning.


Countryside Reflections said...

Great post!! I love the unusual, and this is certainly different than what we're used to seeing. The hankie and all of the extras don't surprise me, knowing from NYS of Mind how generous and considerate the Mennonites are. This adds to the long list of kind things they do.

Thanks for having your camera ready in the most unusual places.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Doreen,

I didn't know what people would think of this post this morning. It is unusual. I figured while I was there, I might as well take pictures.

Glad you like it.


Vickie said...

Unusual is right! Well, it is certainly something I did not know. Have a super day Marilyn.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Vickie,

Glad I had something on you didn't know. It is unusual.

Hope you have a super day, too,

New York State Of Mind said...

Poor Pierre this morning. When I took him into the dog groomers he looked like an English Sheep dog. I just got him back and he looks like a real poodle. He seems so much happier with all that fur gone.


Matt said...

>even a new paper
>baby dipper there.

You have no idea how long it took me to realize that was a typo.

"Baby dipper? What is a dipper?"

I even scrolled up and was looking in the picture going, "What the heck is the dipper? I just see cleaner, paper towels, and a diaper. Where's the dipper?"


I'm a little slow sometimes.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Matt,

I am laughing so hard, I don't know if I can type this or not. What is funny, is you are the only one to mention this. I believe I have corrected my mistake. I better proof read a little better.

I have no idea what a baby dipper is !!! Thank you for telling me about my mistake.