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Scavenger Hunt Stop #14


JOIN THE HUNT! Follow the clues to win an iPad Mini, free books and more!

I'm doing something a little different on my blog today! I'm participating in a 25 author Fiction Scavenger Hunt! Please join in the fun!

Here are just a few of the specifics for the scavenger hunt:

When: The hunt begins 10/18 at noon, mountain time and ends at 10/20 at midnight, mountain time.

Where: There are 25 authors/blogs participating in the scavenger hunt (all have new releases or soon-to-be released books).

How: Collect the clues in RED on each post, beginning at Stop #1 on Lisa Tawn Bergern's blog and finishing at Stop #25. When you're done visiting all 25 blogs, head back to Lisa's blog and fill out the Rafflecopter there.

What: Grand Prize: A new iPad Mini; 2nd & 3rd Prizes: A copy of every book on the hunt—25 books with a total value of over $300!

Make sure you check out the bottom of this post for the rest of the information you need for your clue and to continue to the next blog in the scavenger hunt!

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Today as part of the scavenger hunt, I'm hosting the fabulous Nancy Moser, another one of the authors participating in all the fun! (You'll visit her blog on the next stop in the scavenger hunt!)

I first learned about Nancy when I read her fictionalized biography, Mozart's Sister, which is right up my alley since it's inspired by real life historical figures (similar to my books)! I absolutely adored getting a glimpse into a famous composer's lesser known but very talented sister, Nannerl Mozart.

Nancy is an award-winning author of over twenty novels along with being winner and two-time nominee of the prestigious Christy Award.

Her newest novel, The Journey of Josephine Cain, hit shelves in September. The story is about an East-coast socialite who embarks on a journey to the Wild West. While the wealthy young woman accompanies her father as he helps build the Transcontinental Railroad, she faces outlaws, Indians, gunfights, harsh weather, and vigilante uprisings.

Sounds exciting doesn't it?! I've added her book to my TBR pile! You can purchase her book on Amazon, B&N, and Christianbook.com

Today, Nancy is sharing some fun thoughts with us about HOT women of the past! Join me in welcoming Nancy.

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Hot Women of History: 
How Women Dealt With Heat and Hygiene
by Nancy Moser

As I sit in my air-conditioned house and drive my air-conditioned car, wearing shorts, sandals, and a breezy cotton top, I wonder how women of the past dealt with hot weather. Thinking of all their layers upon layers makes me melt. Where’s my fan?

So how did women tolerate the heat?

Perhaps part of the answer is simple: the change in seasons comes gradually, allowing the body time to adjust. Plus, it’s relative. Sixty degrees in April feels warm while sixty degrees in September feels cool. The body adjusts and fabrics change weight and color.

In “Gone With the Wind” the ladies at the barbecue retire to the shade-darkened bedrooms, strip down to their underwear and nap during the heat of the day. Daily schedules changed to fit the temperature. People often got up dawn, took a breather in the heat of the day, and went back to work in the cooler evenings.

During the late 1800’s, the wealthy families of the stifling east-coast cities moved their entire households to mansions that took advantage of the ocean breezes of Newport, Rhode Island. People with porches or basements slept wherever they could catch a breeze. Women carried parasols—which I found handy in Rome. Note my light-colored cotton clothing.

In the middle ages, the church thought nakedness was evil and baths could make you sick. Eventually logic prevailed. Later, washing the body, washing the face, and eliminating waste were achieved in three distinctareas: a portable bath tub in the kitchen near the heat source, a wash basin in the bedroom, and an outhouse. Or a chamber pot—which was emptied in a cess pit in the basement or outdoors. Putting all the functions in one place didn’t come about until the 1900’s.

If women were traveling, where did they relieve themselves? They could use outhouses at inns, or if in the country walk away from the wagon or stagecoach, lift their skirts and squat in the grass. Sometimes a fellow woman would spread a shawl or skirt to afford some privacy. There’s a scene in the movie, “Mrs. Brown” that shows Queen Victoria relieving herself in the woods. Pantaloons were often split in the middle which allowed for this amid all the other skirt layers.

Now comes a question we rarely ask. How did women handle their periods? Pads and tampons have been around since ancient times. Moss, leather, and other fabrics were tied around waists or even inserted when wrapped around a stick. In some tribal cultures, women were ostracized during their periods. But for the most part rags were used, washed, and reused. And women of status often withdrew during that time, keeping to their rooms—which I suspect played into the image of females being weaker and more fragile than men.

People didn’t wash their clothes often either. To cover the stench they used perfume and pomanders. If everyone smelled, did they get used to it?

I am so glad I live when I do.

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Thank you, Nancy! You shared some very fascinating details about things I'm sure we've all wondered about from time to time! I'm SO glad I live nowadays too!

If you'd lived long ago, how would you have handled the heat? Hygiene? Toiletry needs? Ugh! What modern comfort would you have missed the most?

Before you go, make sure to write down Stop #14's clue: to historical

Now head over to Nancy Moser's blog for the next stop in the scavenger hunt!

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120 comments:

  1. I have to say I think I'd miss air conditioning the most if I had to go back in time. I don't do heat very well! :-)

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    1. I don't either, Karla. I prefer 40 degrees to 80.

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  2. As much as I love history, that is the one aspect I've tried to avoid to to study! :-) It would burst the bubble of awesomeness that surrounded those times.

    Thanks for hosting the scavenger hunt! It's a lot of fun!

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  3. I think AC is one of the greatest inventions ever. Thank God for AC, i'm forever grateful. --LadyS(rhoda)

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  4. I am thankful for modern hygiene methods!! That's one thing that makes historical time periods a bit unromantic! ;-) Besides that, I would most miss HOT running water! It's the return I am always most thankful for after power outages!

    Stephanie

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    1. We suffer some power outages too, usually in winter. That's when I too love HOT water!

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  5. I would have not done well. I'm awful out in the heat... I can't deal with the sun very well. I like when it cools down, so I would need to be a cooler climate to survive. haha... I definitely am grateful for toilets, but I think I could survive without that... so I guess I couldn't survive without some AC... especially when I'm pregnant.

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    1. I always say it's easy to put more clothes on in the winter, but you quickly reach a limit of clothes to take off in the summer! A/C is my "need" too.

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  6. I would miss a/c the most. I don't do heat well. sarajohns95@yahoo.com

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  7. I am grateful for AC. As a small child we had an outside bathroom so I don't think that would bother me much. Great post. Very informative.
    eppersonkatrina@yahoo.com

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  8. I am thankful for entertainment. It would be had to live in the middle of no where with no entertainment.

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    1. That's interesting. Just curious... are you an extrovert? As an introvert entertainment isn't high on my list. To each his own!

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  9. I have always wondered about this. I mean, even today, if I got stuck somewhere without a/c, convenient bathroom availability I'm not sure what I would do. A/C I can probably get by without (if I'm alone), and I'm old enough to remember chamber pots and bathing out of a basin. So I guess, if I did it back then, I could probably do it now--if I had to. ;)

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  10. thanks for a chance to meet new authors - I have a new list of books I would love to read

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  11. I would miss air conditioning and indoor plumbing.

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  12. I would miss showers and toilets the most. And probably deodorant! ha!

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  13. I just today finished reading The Journey of Josephine Cain..loved it!
    We take so much for granted. When we camp primitive on an Island...with an outhouse and no electricity...I get the idea. The shower feels so good when I get home!

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    1. Thanks, Maureen. I prefer Camp Hyatt. :o)

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  14. If you have never had air conditioning you adjust. I can remember taking car trips at night because it was cooler. I would have to do without running water. I can remember visiting family with an outhouse. Never did like it.

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  15. There are so many things that we take for granted in today's world. AC, Modern hygiene, electricity, and indoor bath facilities. How pampered we are.

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  16. I am thankful for AC, inside plumbing, electricity, and the entertainment we have now.

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  17. Sadly, I'd have handled the heat about the same way I do now, having never lived with air conditioning (granted, electric fans are wonderful inventions that I would miss). But God made a giant refrigerator down the hill that was still not yet 50 degrees when we went swimming one 90 degree day this summer. There is something to be said for a lake so cold she never gives up her dead!

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    1. What state do you live in, Rachael? The lake we go to (Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri) sometimes has a water temp in the 90's! Hardly refreshing.

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  18. Thanks for the I sight, I love history and sometimes wish I had been born in a different time period. However that being said I think I might still miss my ac.
    Rebecca
    Rebeccahartman07@yahoo.com

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    1. I would like to live in the last 25 years of the 19th century (the Gilded Age) as long as I was wealthy and could wear the amazing bustle dresses!

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  19. Not sure I can just pick one! In the north it might be indoor plumbing, in the south I would miss the AC. But in the south the outhouse would get visited by creepy crawly critters. HMMM.

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  20. I love camping, but even with the modern camping conveniences, coming home to my hot shower and bathroom and air conditioning is a blessing.

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    1. My husband and I camped in a tent on our honeymoon. What were we thinking?

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  21. Being a fellow historical author, I've thought about these questions many times! I actually made a comment in the heat of the summer to a friend: "How did women bear this heat in long dresses on the prairie?" She gave me a bewildered look and said: "I've never even thought about that!" Wow. I think about it all the time! :) Thanks for a fun post, ladies.

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  22. I think about being pregnant in the heat of the summer. With stinky family members all around me and kids climbing on me. UGH.

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  23. Wow, this was MOST interesting. I often think of these hygiene issues while reading historical fiction.
    Georgianne Barnett

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  24. Oh my what a question to answer, I had to use outhouse when I was a kid and did not like the smell. I cannot even imagine how folks traveling on wagon trains managed and would not have like being one of them. interesting though about split in pantaloons, I didn't know this tidbit. nice to mee you ladies on the "Hunt"
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  25. I'm grateful that washing of hands has become a priority and we've realized that how lucky we are at this time in our lives, especially during that time.
    jennydtipton(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's amazing how doctors didn't used to wash their hands. "Childbed fever" took the life of many a new mother because of this. I wrote a blog about it: http://footnotesfromhistory.blogspot.com/2012_01_01_archive.html

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  26. This was very interesting. I am sure they had to become creative in dealing with the heat.

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  27. I don't know how women did it back on the prairie either. I like reading about that time period but just don't think about what they had to go thru. I too am glad I was born in this day and time. Can't wait to read your book The Noble Groom. Sounds so good.

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  28. Makes me realize how much we take for granted these days and how very blessed we are now. The men had it way easier than the women did back then.

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  29. The heat would not be too bad. I lived without air conditioning until the last 6 or 7 years but no indoor toilet, no daily bathing, and no disposable feminine products would be my undoing!

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  30. Glad I'm postmenopausal!!! Glad I take a daily shower and don't have to smother myself in perfume! Glad I have an indoor toilet, shower and sink.
    glad I have AC! other than that- no problem being a pioneer! sharon, CA

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  31. Since I shower once, if not twice, a day (when I workout), I wouldn't last a day without daily cleaning! Ew!!

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  32. Claudia CastenirOctober 18, 2013 6:00 PM

    I definitely would miss modern bathrooms the most.

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  33. I would miss personal hygiene items the most. Thanks for hosting the hunt.

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  34. I would miss the air conditioning. Today it was 88 degrees in S FL and I am officially experiencing hot flashes! So very thankful that it will be somewhat cooler soon(cold front next week! Yeah!) You are a woman after my own heart talking about femine hygiene products and such! We made cloth pads and liners (plus bags/kits) for girls all over the world who have to hide their periods from others so they aren't trafficked and can attend school a little longer. We did it as a service project. Not easy to sew but we all prayed over each pad and liner for those precious girls so they don't have to use dirt or stones to conceal their maturity. : ( Thanks for your writing and your post!

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    1. This is a worthy project. I never knew about this is relation to trafficking. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Wow very interesting! I had not heard about the split in the pantaloon until today!

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  36. We stopped using our central heat and air about three years ago, and I didn't think I would live through it at first, but I have, and now I consider myself ready to live off the grid if there is ever an EMP! LOL I would miss refrigerated and frozen food. There are some things that I just can't eat warm.

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  37. I would miss the bathroom comforts/essentials we have today . . .

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  38. We got use to the heat in TN for 5 years and did without AC. We would like to go solar and use no electric from the grid. Awesome ideas they had back then.... learned alot from this .
    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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  39. I stayed with my grandparents where we used outhouse, chamber pot (at night), bathed with pitcher and bowls and wash cloth so I guess I could live that way but do like air-conditioning !!!

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  40. I am so mad. I had a long comment written and then started to edit something so hit edit and instead it deleted it all. It shouldn't do that. So will just say ac and be done with it. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. I know how frustrating that is! I once lost an entire chapter. I think I screamed.

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  41. Thought provoking - thanks for sharing! I'd love to hear more details of their lives.

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  42. As a nurse, I have always thought about things like this. I was amazed when someone-I think it was Dee Gist-told me about the slits in the pantaloons. Made so much more sense than trying to figure out how they managed to pull up all those hoops and petticoats!

    Everyone is saying A/C but I would miss the heat. Beds and bedrooms got awfully cold at night, and getting up in the morning and washing your face at a pitcher and bowl with cool water would not be pleasant!

    And indoor plumbing, of course!

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    1. I was once involved in a Charles Dickens festival and wore a costume with hoops. Didn't wear the pantaloons so when I went in the restroom, I had to drop the hoop on the floor by the sinks, use the facilities, then put it back on. Couldn't get in the stall with it!

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  43. I would miss my bathroom indoor plumbing and power to run the heat. I would have had to have a indoor pump for water.

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  44. I'd definitely miss my a/c I HATE HOT. Sharma Darby

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  45. Living in the South, AC is a must.

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  46. Hi Jody! Love your books and the interaction we've had! I love historical dress, but I can't imagine how they dealt with all the layers! When I lived in Thailand...when it's 100 plus degrees almost all year...I can't imagine wearing all those clothes. It took me about a year, but I finally got used to the heat. We only had AC in our bedrooms, so most places you went didn't have any AC. Your body does adapt after a while. When I would come home and visit I would always be freezing! It took a while for me to get used to the cooler weather here. It's amazing how our bodies can get used to things!

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    1. I know when I've traveled in Europe they don't have the same need for A/C. Once in Venice it was 103 and the A/C went out in the hotel. All the Americans (me included) were dying from the lack of cool air, but the Europeans didn't seem to mind as much. I think you do get used to it.

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  47. I would have to say I'd miss the ac/heat the most. I grew up not having indoor plumbing and only fans for cooling. It is harder to do without when you get used to it being there all the time. Donna d dot brookmyer at yahoo dot com

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  48. I would miss my daily shower...

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  49. It would be maxie pads, ice and a fan.

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  50. UGGHHHH, I don't know because I think I'd miss air conditioning the most! We are so spoiled with all of the conveniences we have today!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  51. I would miss the advances of medical technologies.

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  52. I don't do heat well (except in the winter) so whomever invented the AC, thank you! Oh, and the hot water heater too.

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  53. I've thought about this before, getting up before dawn to gather the eggs after feeding the chickens, starting the fire in the stove for the bread I have to bake for the day and then getting breakfast started. No Mr. Coffee, no frozen entrees. You birth it, raise it and butcher it for breakfast lunch and dinner. By the time your done with breakfast, then there are more chores and lunch to start on. And so on and so on. But if you are living it and didn't know any better, could you imagine that they though about "ice cold air that comes out of a hole in the wall, manufactured by a machine that runs on electric or gas"? Or how about something simpler like a mechanical pencil!

    But what I would miss is light to read by - candlelight is great for romancing but not for romance reading!!

    wdusek114 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Interesting thoughts, Wendi. Sometimes I think about what one of my historical characters would do if they stayed in my house one night. Just think of all the amazing things we'd have to show them!

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  54. I would miss air conditioning the most. When ours broke we all had a bad case of the temperature tantrums.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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  55. I would miss a hot shower--not just for hygeine, but for the muscle releif after working in the garden or other stresses. I could never have lived like they did!

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  56. I think I would have melted in the heat. I'm a wimp! :D

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  57. I'd miss mefenemic acid, which is the only way for me to cope with crippling ovulation pains! Ouch! But yeah, the stench... although it's highly likely we'd have grown up with the smell of body odour, so it wouldn't seem as awful. Also, didn't I read somewhere that our bodies have their own... deoderants? That we almost self-clean if left to do so? We'd also have smelt much different to now, as our diets would have been so much fresher, less poisoned, I suppose. Still, for many reasons I'd rather live now. I live in Dubai and boy, the heat without A/C would kill me!

    shahwharton.com

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    1. I'd be dead many times over if I didn't have access to modern medicine. The body has deodorants? Self-cleaning? That's interesting. Do you know more? You're probably right about how what we eat affects how we smell.

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  58. LOVE seeing all of you here on my blog!! I've really enjoyed reading all your comments about what modern convenience you'd miss the most! I'd probably really miss my auto coffee maker! :-)

    A big thank you to Nancy for her wonderful post!

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  59. Air conditioning I could live without... Honestly with curly hair I would miss my shower... Not only would I smell... I would have had crazy frizzy hair :)

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  60. Top of my list..In door plumbing. And I don't mean a chamber pot...lol

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  61. am thankful for Air Cond. Not only for the cooling effects, but the filter actually has helped my airborne allergies better AND kept the humidity down/ air moving in our home. I think I'd rather use an outhouse now, than give up my A/C

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  62. Definitely indoor plumbing, but A/C is a close second!

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  63. definitely indoor plumbing! Having done some traveling outside of the US, the standing on two bricks and squatting over a hole is not very comfortable

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  64. I love history and reading historical novels, but I am glad I live today. I think indoor plumbing would be what I would miss the most. I have used outhouses and even squatted in the woods, but a nice, comfy bathroom is infinitely better.

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  65. I have often thought about living in the Ingal's life time. lol. There might not have been a lot of convenience but there was water, soap, and I believe "Lemon Verbina", I have used out houses before, but prefer in door plumbing other than that I would have enjoyed living in that time period.

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  66. I would miss indoor plumbing the most! :)

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  67. I'm not sure how I would have handed the heat but I think I would have scandalized people by wearing very few layers of clothes, I see no point in several petticoats as well as knee length drawers and a shift, that's overkill to me. What I would miss most though would be the ability to bathe whenever desired as we do now. Living in south central Texas it's not the least bit unusual for me to shower both in the morning and before bedtime.

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  68. Indoor plumbing and air conditioning. I am spoiled :)

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  69. I would miss air conditioners and bathrooms. I'm not sure if I could make it back then.
    Barbara Thompson
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  70. Living in Maine AC isn't a problem...we don't have it. Indoor plumbing hands down! It is too cold in the winter here to make treks to the outhouse!

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  71. I think that I would probably miss the indoor plumbing the most. I live in Salinas California. Most of the summer we are only in the mid 70s so we don't even have air conditioning.

    One thing that you didn't touch on in the blog is how did they deal with dirty oily hair. Mine drives me crazy when I can't wash it every couple of days. Thanks for all the information that you did give. I enjoyed reading it very much.

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  72. Nancy, your post was very interesting. I've often wondered how women tackled some of these issues. I just recently read somewhere about the split pantaloons and thought that was rather interesting. I think I would probably miss the indoor facilities the most, especially in the winter as I don't handle the cold real well. Thanks Nancy for your informative post! :)

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  73. I love to antique shop, I have always found it amazing how creative and beautiful items were then. I recently saw a beautiful coffee grinder that was wall mounted with crystal glass. So many things put me in total awe of my very talented ancestors

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  74. Swimming in a lake ~ with a bar of soap would not be a good filter for downstream creek drinking; powder for underarms, baking soda; leaves for hygiene. Finding a spring out of a rock for drinking would be a treat! Nice cool water...
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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  75. What I am saying is that they were very intelligent in finding ways to cope and clean, like I said take a walk through an antique store or a really good museum and you too will stand in awe at how they managed.

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  76. I would miss my HVAC and a hot shower and soft toilet paper...we are certainly blessed. The women in those days were much stronger than we are!

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  77. For me, not having contacts or glasses, would be terrible. I have very bad eyes without them so I couldn't have enjoyed much back then.

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  78. A very INTERESTING time in history. So glad I live in current times!

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  79. Boy, would that have been hard to get used to. I don't think life was all that easy. Being a genealogist I have read many entries in old records as to how life was back in the "Good ol' Days!"

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  80. I could handle no indoor plumbing...but I would strive for cleanliness...that would take much of my daily time. I would miss air condition the most as I'm very sensitive to heat.

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  81. so glad to meet a fellow Michigander. I live in the eastern part of the lower peninsula. I think an indoor bathroom would be the most missed part of the modern world, although I don't care to sit in the dark, so I probably would go to bed shortly after sundown, so I would also miss electricity a great deal!
    funkkaren at hotmail dot com

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  82. I think living by the sea would be a blessing... having had to go without A/C most of this summer, I can say that you do get used to the heat... most of the time.... when really hot, a cool bath and laying down in a dark room makes on cooler than anticipated...

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  83. wow...we are so pampered in the 21st century! I would definitely miss all the time-saving items we have now...esp. kitchen stoves, microwaves....!

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  84. So thankful to be spoiled by living in the present time! I know I wouldn't have dealt well with the heat and other discomforts of living in a previous time! I love hot, running water FAR too much! ;)

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  85. Hi, Nancy, & Jody!

    Without a doubt, I would have been miserable living years ago - without any air conditioning, toilets, regular bathing, etc.. Heat is a huge problem for me - I get physically ill - so that would have been my worst problem, followed by the lack of a commode (although, as a child, I used an outhouse - when visiting my grandparents, before they had a commode installed)

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  86. What a great article; thanks for sharing!

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  87. I dislike temperatures over 70 degrees {35 to 70 is perfect}, am suddenly thankful that I had a hysterectomy {moss?! Leather?!}, and would cry without being able to take a luxurious hot shower daily! Also, I don't think I could live without modern bathrooms...the thought of having to use an outhouse {which has been about 25 years} makes me shudder!

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  88. I would miss my showers. I like to be fresh.

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  89. I think about when I have the flu and how I take for granted having indoor plumbing (not running out to the outhouse), especially in the winter months.

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  90. Living in Wisconsin, I would miss the comfort of indoor toilets the most! My great grandmother had an outhouse when I was younger, and I remember when the indoor plumbing went into her house. Whew! Sometimes we kids used the outhouse for "fun" but there were bees in there! :) Memories!

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  91. Since I'm working in Africa right now I would miss airplanes the most. Being able to travel long distances quickly is such a blessing.
    Jody - I absolutely love your historical fiction. You do a great job mixing real happenings with your stories!

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  92. I live in the deep south and I'd rather live with out ac than any hygiene related item. Give me my toilet and bathtub and pads and tampons and toothbrushes and... whatever. :D

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  93. I have to say out of everything, I would miss a hot shower with a nice clean towel and clothes everyday the most.

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  94. Great post, Nancy, I think of those things all the time since I read a lot of historical fiction! I would miss air conditioning the most. In fact reading became so much a passion and part of my life at a young age (10ish) b/c I don't like to be hot, plud curling up in a nice cool place has always been more appealing to me than sweating!!

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  95. I wouldn't have handled any of those things well! I love my air conditioning, washing machine, and indoor plumbing!

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  96. I dont do heat well at all I would probaly be in the creek all the time to stay cool. I could bath there too and wash my clothes . I would need a toliet cause I can stoop - bad knees I would fall down - oh my I would have some problems I believe . I dont envy what the women went thru back then.

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  97. Well...I would LOVE to go back in time and live out west or on the prairie-yes, in a little house. :D ;) BUT, I have recently discovered hot flashes and night sweats thanks to early menopause from surgery in July, so if I went back, it would HAVE TO BE AT A MUCH YOUNGER AGE!! lol!! I never thought of how women must have dealt with such things back then in the heat, no less! I can barely stand it with central air and a little bedside fan on my face!! lol And I'm only 47. Those poor dears!! lol

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  98. I would miss both air conditioning and indoor plumbing! But if I had to choose just one it would be the A/C. Thanks for the scavenger hunt fun!

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  99. I am so thankful for our modern conveniences...I don't think I would have done well w/o modern bathrooms and air conditioning!

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  100. Fun post. I would miss my bubble baths the most & deodorant & perfumes, scented lotions...oh my I'm spoiled! I love historical fiction & Jody Hedlund's books. Will also put Nancy Moser on my TBR list. Thanks, Linda

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