Everyday dose of Reality
The other day I received a call from the 1800’s and it wanted me to come visit. I don’t know if anything is worse than having a bunch of kids, living out in the woods and your laundry machine refusing to do its job. I was lucky enough to get to experience, again, washing clothing in the kitchen sink by hand. I am pretty sure at some point everyone has done this or will get to.
Now years ago Macgyver and I had one of those old barrel washers with the ringer mounted to the top. I thought it was such a pain with jeans and blankets but boy, I tell you I missed it the other day.
You see, because of the way the plumbing was done in this old school and where they chose to bring the lines up from the tunnel system, there are sections that have frozen. There is nothing that can be done to thaw them and this is the first time it has happened. Then again last week we had temp with the windchill at 50 below zero. Last Spring I had finally finished one room, as a guest room, in this old school and I was beyond thrilled. Every other room is a long work in progress due to the concrete structure we are working with. As it turns out, the front quest room I had completed, this Spring will be converted into a laundry room. I am back to square one.
This would be how my kitchen sinks look the other day. Filled with kids school clothing that needed to be washed. Running to town and hitting the laundry mat is really not an option. After a 30 minute drive it would not only cost me $3.39 a gallon in gas but for a single load to wash it would be an extra $3.75. With a tribe of children it turns into a small fortune. So, I washed, scrubbed, rinsed and rung by hand. Macgyver and I will be moving the washing machine from the laundry room, at the far end of the school, today. I have cleaned an area out in the freezer room off of the kitchen where it will live until spring. Then once the temps warm up we can start to tear up the guest room and attached bathroom.
On the up side of things, with the extremely strange water leaks this year he has begun adding shut off valves. This is a good thing, since there were no shut off valves anywhere. At least for next winter we will be able to shut the other end of the house down and the water, since we have done nothing to that end yet but demoing the hallway. A few weeks ago we started popping up the old tile floor to prep for radiant floor heating. Other than demo and laundry, nothing goes on down at the other end yet. Yet 🙂