We have a big, blue water reserve in our back yard that, well, reserves water for our washer, sink, shower, toilet, etc. The city water usually comes in each evening, and we can let it fill up. We don’t typically go through the whole reserve in a day, though, so we simply check on it and “open” the valve to let it fill up if needed. We try not to let it get to full, because it will run over the top and cost us money in our water bill.
Before we went to Chiang Mai on Wednesday, we [wisely] turned the water off to save money & water.
But then [not so wisely] forgot to turn it back on.
And now it’s empty. I was taking my afternoon shower after a long day in the heat–in our house, where I sweat while I cooked, cleaned, studied Karen, and simply sat; all sweating–when the water started sputtering and splattering.
Like I said, oops.
Unfortunately, I had already started an elaborate dinner for our friends coming over. Stephen & I had both been cooking all day to make: hummus (after cooking chickpeas & mashing them with mortar & pestle), babaganoush (after making tahini from scratch, plus mashing it all, again, with mortar & pestle), naan, Greek rice, falafel (chickpeas cooked first, & mashed…), and brownies for dessert.
I really loved the cooking, and Stephen was a wonderful help with the mortar & pestle mashing. But this is quite an elaborate meal to then have no water to wash dishes with. Our kitchen now looks like this:
As of 9:10pm, the water hasn’t come on yet, either.
Don’t worry: we’ll survive. We have plenty of drinking water. We just may not be taking showers in the hottest month of the year, and we may start using Germ-X more than we’d like. We’re just hoping the water comes on before too long!