Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
First its important to know that I use a lot of bleach water...for sanitizing countertops, dishes, cutting boards, toliet seats...
This is where I cook-- I have a gas stove which is my preference for cooking anyway-- I am used to always having four burners, which come in really handy for my creative cooking style...but I have learned to do pretty well with the two burners. Also notice my handy cutting board to the left of the stove, and some of my cooking spices. The best thing is my view-- I have a GREAT view from my kitchen window. This is where I keep my pots and pans and dishes
This is my sink-- and my version of "running" water which comes out of the little spigot at the bottomof the cooler-- and my medicine/bathroom cabinet
This is how my sink drains (and where I keep my extra bleach)
This is how dishes are done...note the hose nozel. I spray everything down (usually the water that has been sitting in the hose is pretty warm for the first go around), then I add a soap droplet to each item and lather them up and scrub, then I rinse, then towel dry. This is usually not too big of a deal-- except when bugs are out, and when the hose gets a mind of its own and soaks me-- I have taken to doing dishes with no clothes on and my crocks so that it doesn't matter how wet I get...and sometimes I throw in a shower at the end...
This is where I pee. Pee only. No tissue or ANYTHING else can go in here EXCEPT bleach. I use it a lot in the nighttime. I was going outside but since I now pee A LOT more than i used to, and I tripped a couple times trying to go outside in the dark half-asleep, I brought this trusty little toilet into the house. I empty it about twice a week and sanitize accordingly. This is self explanatory I hope. When you gotta go number 2...Take the lid off, and sit on the seat. Its Murv's job to take care of this one. I refuse. He buries it...
There is one nice thing about this little jewel... I do enjoy coming out in the late evening and looking at the moon, the stars and the fireflies, and listening to the birds and watching the sunrise early in the morning. I am not going to lie- I hate the bucket, but if you have to go... it is a pretty peaceful bathroom, and one you don't experience when you an indoor flushing toilet.
So anyway, I said I would get to the part about how things are changing:
I got the electricity hooked up to the pole on our property last week. Murv was pretty upset because he had visions of us doing everything totally off the grid-- and I was really down for the idea too-- until I was almost 8 months pregnant and not close to getting the solar power hooked up, and still without a complete kitchen and bathroom...
I have to say I am having mixed emotions-- I feel happy and sad about the electricity. Have you ever seen that little movie "The God's must be Crazy?"
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
smoothing out the bricks
Monday, April 14, 2008
So about 6 weeks ago I ran away from home (with the generous help of my dad). I just had to get away for awhile...and it has been sooooo nice. I have had such a good time with my family and I got to stay long enough to be able to actually spend some good quality time with each person and each little person (I even got to see Lindsay and Eli and my mom but forgot to take some pictures-- oops-- hormonal interference). All the sisters, baby and little kid time has been good preparation. I also enjoyed working at my dads office and even got to go to Utah for a few days and see some friends and family there. I will be really sad to leave everybody-- they have been such an awesome support to me! And I will also miss the running water and fridge too.
Here are some pictures of my trip home:
A super fun sunday afternoon picnic with Dad, Heather, Phil and the girls near the Owyhee mountains at Swan Falls--
about 30 weeks
My favorite sister in law Mary! We are 2 weeks apart -- we enjoyed being swollen and uncomfortable together!
Rebecca, Amelia, Hadley, Cash, and the baby bean
These kids are soo cute-- we were missin' ya little Eli
Ryan, Reb (and the bean), Dad and Heather (We were missin' ya Lindsay)
Me and Tammi resting our tired eyes
Happy First Birthday Amelia Joy! Don't you just want to eat her?Mermaid Princess Hadley Grace
Cash Ezra-- the super happy kid-- I miss them already