BP’s Bath Tub


Beulah Petunia has her own bath tub!

And boy, did she need a bath! She can hardly wait to get in there with her scented bubbles, light some candles, read a good book, and forget about that bad baby for a few minutes.

You can tell she’s excited!

Okay, actually that’s a bath tub to hold gallons and gallons and GALLONS of drinking water so BP can slurp down gallons and gallons and GALLONS as she is wont to do without needing constant refilling. We also have a floating de-icer for it so her water won’t freeze up.

I’m so excited to have a bath tub out in the yard. Next, I’m gonna get a broken washer and put it on the porch!


  1. JOJO says:

    :woof: What a good idea, now you wont have to haul water.
    As far as the washer goes, if you can find one of the old ringer kind–you can plant posies in it–LOL.
    Suzanne, I hope you and you family have a wonderful New Years eve, and a happy and healthy 2011.
    See you at cousin Fred’s!

  2. Lanette says:

    We once had a toilet on our front yard… Dad replaced the old, grungy one in the basement and set it out front with a pot o’ flowers in it. My mother was mortified. Which was the point, of course! πŸ™‚

  3. katherine jenson says:

    :shimmy: Oh happiness for BP! She looks thrilled in her pic! Did you remember to pick up some Calgon for her?

  4. Mary Johnson says:

    Ours is in the back yard for the goats. (See, I bet Clover is saying “and where’s MINE” :sheep: )

    Our washing machines were in the side yard but the neighbors complained (we’re almost, not quite, out of the city limits)

  5. jean says:

    And don’t forget the rusty pick up on cement blocks.

  6. Susan says:

    No! Not a broken washer also, you must not forget the best yard art… a broken toilet, it makes a lovely planter!!!

  7. texwisgirl says:

    And the sofa in the front yard!

  8. Teri says:

    That is awesome! Good for you! (and BP!) Can I ask – what is a floating de-icer??

  9. kellyb says:

    My DH is a plumber, we have a potty in our backyard that gets planted every year with flowers. My children were mortified. I choose to ignore it. It is funny when one of the chickens is “sitting” on the seat. The squirrels like to hide things in the tank. Makes a great conversation piece.

    When he first went in business, farmers would ask him for old claw foot tubs to use as watering troughs. He’d be rich if he kept them and sold them today.

  10. Joy says:

    Oh yes, I can tell how excited you are to have a tub in your yard….a broken washer on the porch will look lovely too! πŸ˜†

    Have you heard anything from Country Living?

  11. Elaine Harrison says:

    :cowsleep: Oh Girl; You are so bad! LOL

  12. DarleneS says:

    I am sure BP appreciates the effort. She looks happy to me. How is the baby by the way?

  13. Miss Becky says:

    BP looks like she’s all bedded down in fresh straw. It’s great that she has something huge to hold lots of water! Never mind what it looks like – it’s functional and that’s that. Happy New Year to you and yours Suzanne. I wish you much love, light, and peace in the coming new year.

  14. Nancy K. says:

    I’m thinking a couple of rusty old cars with weeds growing out of them would make great playhouses for the goats! You have to treat all of the animals fairly!

    Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year

  15. Grace Reynolds says:

    My favorite would be an old iron bedstead planted with flowers – instant flower bed!

    Happy New Year Everyone!

  16. JOJO says:

    :woof: Suzanne, I was thinking about BP’s tub, in our yard we have 3 water features, and they started out much like the bath tub. In the Spring, if the tub was leveled off, it could be surround by stones or if you can find old cinder block for a surround, it would look much like a pond in your yard. Now —if you could install a shower and add a couple of pots of flowers, it would complete BP’s spa experience!! :happyflower:

  17. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Do you plan to make some soap on a rope for BP? You could hang it where the red ribbons are!!! I agree with the others – you have plenty of room to add a toilet, old ringer washer, lumpy sofa (Crooked Little Hen would love that), and maybe even an old computer so Clover could go to Match.com!!!

  18. patrice says:

    Wow! Look at all of the options. A bumpy couch in the yard would be attractive! Before long BP will probably ask for a jaccuzzi!

  19. Kathy says:

    I think the tub is wonderful. You won’t have to haul buckets of water anymore unless the hose freezes up. Do you have a plan for that? I agree with Mary Johnson, Clover is going to be soooo jealous. I think you should put an old bedframe in your yard and plant roses so you can have your own bed of roses.
    Happy New Year to you and yours Suzanne.

  20. Melinda from Southwest Washington says:

    Water troughs are a good use for old bath tubs. We have two claw foot tubs in use for the cattle.

  21. Shelly Messier says:

    That’s a good addition it will come in handy! :butterfly: :butterfly: :butterfly: :ladybug:

  22. Bev in CA says:

    Suzanne, having the tub will save you a lot of work and time. We have the de-icer float for our horse. You do realize it has to be hooked up to power and also be grounded. For safety. You also can have a tank float which will allow water in when she has lowered the water level and then shut off. For that you would need the water piped to the tub. It is nice to have convenience when you have so many to take care of.

  23. airyfairymary says:

    Am mystified! Is a floating de-icer battery/electronically powered???

  24. lilac wolf says:

    Don’t forget a toilet for the front yard planter. πŸ™‚

  25. Shelley says:

    That’s such a great piece of yard art! I have a dead oven that I think would look just fabulous in my vegetable garden. I’ll have to see what my husband thinks though. πŸ˜€

  26. Diane says:

    I have an old panel trailer and a banged-up tractor trailer cab back in my woods, if you want them! Although there is kind of a big tree growing up through the truck cab, now that I think of it.

  27. Barbara W says:

    That tub will save alot of work and time.I use to break water for years,morning and evening. I don’t know what made me think about getting a heater for the water. After I got it, I thought why hadn’t I done that sooner. On the other side I think it ruined me a little, use to think of myself as a pioneer going out and breaking the ice everyday.

  28. Barbara W says:

    That tub will save alot of work and time.I use to break water for years,morning and evening. I don’t know what made me think about getting a heater for the water. After I got it, I thought why hadn’t I done that sooner. On the other side I think it ruined me a little, use to think of myself as a pioneer going out and breaking the ice everyday.

  29. Julie says:

    And a butt-sprung couch. Naugahyde.

  30. Melinda says:

    thank you for the giggles!

  31. lizzie says:

    It could be worse, we have a non working refrigerator on the front porch! no truck to haul it to the dump so who knows how long it will be the porch ornament! :no:

  32. greensborodailyphoto says:

    If one of your children attends West Virginia University, you will learn quickly about the importance of having an upholstered couch on the front porch. They even have a saying for the football team, “Run like your couch is on fire.” Now THAT would complete the “Green Acres” look for sure!

    Happy New Year

  33. trish c says:

    Your a Redneck Farmer now! Happy New Year!

  34. Luann says:

    Great idea! I never knew there were floating de-icers…That is going to make your life so much better. Happy New Years!

  35. Jane says:

    Happy Old Year’s Night! I hope 2011 blesses you and your family in abundance and that you are finally able to control :devil2: aka GB. I wouldn’t care much about the bathtub since it serves a purpose (it’s not like you’re collecting junk out there), but maybe a wooden surround would make it more palatable.

  36. Linda Goble says:

    I use one of those de-icers in my garden pond so it won’t freeze. And boy do I remember all the old washers my husband would bring home to steal parts from. Made me angry seeing those washers in my yard for years. Then we were able to buy a new one and finally got hubby to get rid of them. πŸ™‚
    Happy New Year. :happyflower:

  37. Nancy Y says:

    How about the back seat out of a mini van on the porch, too? Classy!

  38. Sheila Z says:

    Water is what it takes for a milking gal to be able to make gallons of milk. BP thanks you!

  39. Lynne says:

    Happy New Year! :snoopy:

  40. farmershae says:

    Awesome! Really starting to look like a farm now! In one of our more ‘agricultural areas’ out here, one of the farms has an awesome old 1950’s-ish rusty truck parked by it’s entrance – every year is it planted to overflowing with beautiful flowers and vines. Just gorgeous!

  41. Tobey says:

    Our cows always drank from bath tubs – and Daddy used a ball float from a toilet as a cut off so it was self-filling to the prescribed level.

    Hope this helps lessen your chores!

  42. sophanne says:

    I could paper my walls with pictures of your animals I love them so much.

  43. ticka1 says:

    BP will love her new bathtub – especially in the summer time! Just don’t let the little one have too much fun in it…

  44. Teresa says:

    When it gets prettier this spring you could get 52 to build you a nice wooden surround for the tub! We have a deicer in the horse’s water trough. It is a life safer!

  45. Cousin Sheryl says:

    @greensborodailyphoto – You stole my comment (hehehe)! I was going to tell Suzanne that the couch was burnable at the first Mountaineer victory! (Let’s go Mountaineers!)
    Suzanne is definitely going to learn more about Mountaineer traditions since Weston is planning on attending WVU this coming year! Suzanne has already promised to go to WVU football game with me!
    The bathtub is a great addition, Suzanne! I can’t wait to come over and see the “Bovine Spa”!

  46. IowaCowgirl says:

    I love the excellent yard-functional-art ideas. Personally the toilet with sprouting plastic flowers has always been a favorite.
    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  47. Ramona says:

    That will make it much easier to keep water for her!

  48. Robin says:

    I just saw this post and am laughing out loud. We’ve found a couple of broken washers on our place and I know how hard it is to toe the fine line between aren’t-we-thrifty-and-innovative vs. this-place-looks-like-a-landfill.

    p.s. A neighbor unearthed an old concrete mixer. She painted it John Deere green and planted petunias in it.

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