One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Septic Tank Update ~ Still without hot water

Well, as I sit here, we are still without hot water.  However we can use and flush toilets and can now turn the well, the water pump, and the water softener on.  In the process of digging and looking for the septic tank (which by the way is going to be marked and mapped out for sure!), the propane line was cut.  After 3 days, we now have to call the gas company.  They used piping that is specifically made for propane only, and is not available in stores, so our hired help cannot repair it.  A call has been made to them, and I sure hope it's covered under what we pay to lease the tank and order propane.  I'm told that we pay extra for incidents like ours.

The pioneer that I am, found a way to wash up anyway.  I washed my hair in the kitchen sink with cold water, and then heated water for us to wash up with.  It's nice to be able to use our toilets, but sure wish we could have an old-fashioned outhouse as a back up too.   The kids would not have any problem using one either.  After taking them camping, where only port-a-potty toilets (no showers) were provided, they are now more eager to have any type of toilet to use.  It sure makes you count your blessings too.

The kids heated up water to hand wash the dishes yesterday as well.  However, I need more hot water to scrub and disinfect our shower floors and tub.  I'm going to need a lot more than one pot of water.

We will investing in a campfire tripod soon.  That way, we can heat water or cook outside if we get into predicaments with this old farm house again.

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