Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Farm Life in Training

A very strange thing has been happening over the last few months. First it started with the water heater leaking. Next, the water pipes started leaking. Then the boiler stopped working. Now, I know what you are thinking: what hardship! I prefer to look at things another way.


To start with, getting hot water has become a chore. Or has it? We turn the water on at the valve in the attached garage, come inside and fill up three two liter bottles, a basin at the sink, a stock pot and usually the kettle, then we go back out and shut off the valve. This all takes maybe five minutes. Hardship? Or training for a farm life where water will be fetched from am outdoor well, saved in buckets and a pitcher with a basin. Almost exactly how we will be living soon.


Then there's getting hot water. Surely very easy though time consuming. Simply setting the stock pot to boil, waiting and then dumping it in the sink to wash dishes once it is hot enough. Or for a bath, four pots of boiling water dumped in the bath tub, add cold 'to taste' and soak. Hardship? Or training for a farm life where getting hot water will either involve boiling water or sun warming it in the summer. Again, almost exactly like how we will be living soon.

And finally, heating our home. The boiler has to have air bled from the line daily and sometimes two to three times a day. This involves going out to the attached garage, playing with some water and air valves for a couple seconds, then closing things up. It also involves checking the thermostat periodically throughout the day to see if the boiler needs tended to, tended, like you would the flame of a wood stove. Hardship? Or training for the farm?

It took a little time for us to see things this way. First it was annoying, then it was novel and now it is simply normal. Why not get everything fixed you ask? Well, true we may have to eventually. We will be selling this house this year and some things will have to be fixed to make it marketable and some will not. In the end, these little inconveniences have boosted our confidence that not only are we doing the right thing (I rarely think things are coincidence), but that we can figure out ways to make things work, plumbing or not, boiler or not, hot water heater or not.


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11 comments:

  1. OK, after reading that I will never again complain because my hot water leaks into the wash machine, so I have to shut off the valve as soon as the tub fills. :-)

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    1. Hahaha! We all have our reasons to complain; don't get me wrong, there is sometimes a fair amount of grumbling going on but this 'boot camp' as Susan below calls it, was too obvious to ignore!

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  2. Good for you for "making due". There are so many "hardships" that really aren't, once you really think about it. We're currently going through a similar scenario with our hot water heater. The elements have been replaced over & over again, this time it only lasted a few weeks. So we've been using semi-hot water, and having to turn it on / off as we need it. So we have to think ahead, and yes, if one wants a really warm bath, a pot is put on the woodstove beforehand and then added to the bathtub.

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    1. Making do makes character, that's what I think anyway. Life is waaaay too easy for most everyone these days, we are all bored out of our gourds.

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  3. Sounds to me like the Universe is putting you through Farm Boot Camp! It's amazing how adaptable we are.

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    1. Very true, routine and ruts are mostly what I'm used to but becoming more adaptable feels really very good.

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  4. On Christmas day our dishwasher went belly up. Of course, we had a house full of family & friends. Everyone, including the men, were very helpful & understanding with the process of handwashing all the dishes. The amazing gift we all shared was conversation. The conversation takes place in the kitchen is a unique one. I can't describe it. I guess it's just that ~~ kitchen talk. Fond memories were created in the kitchen as we talked ~~ it's the best family Christmas gift we shared in years. ♡ One I will never forget.

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    1. Aw, I just now saw this Susanna. I think life has become too easy in some ways and yes, families, especially women, used to share all the household tasks companionably and it sounds like heaven to me. Conversation is not a lost art, maybe it's just in hiding!

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  5. Yes it sounds exactly like training for a farm. The pitcher is pretty. I remember lots of hauling water with a bucket from the well.:) B

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    1. There will be that for sure! We did buy a small pump to help us a bit but still, hauling will be necessary! The pitcher is Portmeirion; one of my favorite designs!

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  6. Been there, done that and, since Friday when I turned 61, I want life a tad easier. Since Dave died, I've worked like a Trojan and, frankly, I'm worn out. Vince Lombardy said, "Fatigue makes cowards of us all" so that means I've got a yellow stripe running stem to stern, both sides. I am worn out and used up; it's time for easier.
    But you go girl! I'm cheering you from the sidelines! LOL

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