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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dishes Are Done...

60 degrees - 4:54pm - blue sky...

Our friends and family joke that we are camping or glamping in our home because we live off-grid and still don’t have running water in the house.  (For those of you who have never heard the word glamping before its shorthand for glamorous camping or luxury camping.)  So obviously they are also very curious as to how I wash the dishes.

Well let me tell you...there is nothing! glamorous or luxurious when it’s time to do the dishes. 

Washing dishes normally should be very easy – fill the dishwasher, put in the soap, lock the door, turn the knob and/or press buttons, and the machine automatically cleans the dishes.  However, in our home, washing dishes takes on a whole new meaning.  Water has to be hauled in the house, and boiled on the stove.  The boiling water is then put into two plastic bins, with a little squirt of soap in the wash bin.  What do I mean by wash bin?  Well we don’t have a sink yet, so the dishes get washed on the dining room table in two bins – wash bin and rinse bin – then placed into the drying rack.  Then everything has to be put away.  Doing this several times a day gets a bit old, but it will just make me appreciate an actual working sink, and do I dare to even dream - a dishwasher someday.

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