Friday, November 16, 2007

Going with the flow

This picture was taken last night. We have achieved a kitchen sink!

Demolition of our kitchen was the second week of July, and since then, we have not had the use of a kitchen sink or dishwasher. Of course, we still had water in the remaining bathroom, and there was the hose right outside. But somehow I was beginning to feel like someone from the era of water pumps... when was that, exactly? Imagine every time you needed water, you had to get a pail or a pitcher, put your coat on, go outside, pump some water, get your shoes wet in the process, slosh it back into the house, and then start the whole process over again. There is a house down the street that has an old whitewashed pump smack dab in the middle of their front lawn. In the holiday season, they string lights on it.

I, for one, am thankful all the time that I live in the current era. I don't think I could have survived all the repetitive grunt work, beating clothes on a rock, or trudging to the outhouse, or sewing my own wardrobe. Hooray for the modern conveniences!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the running water! I'm a fellow woman-over-50 from NaBlo. I just dropped in to visit your site. You have my deepest sympathies for your many months of backyard dish washing. When I was a little girl we had an outhouse and bathed in a tin tub in the kitchen. And when I learned to help with the laundry we had a wringer washer. I don't remember how mom washed clothes before we got a bathroom and a laundry room. I'm sure it was a lot of work!

I used to sing with the Sweet Adelines. I haven't had the stamina (or the bucks) to be part of a chorus lately. My daughter sings with the local chapter now. I visit them occasionally just so I can keep up a bit.