I sent an email to my mother-in-law saying I was exhausted by 2 pm from all the dishes, water pouring, mopping, water pouring, bathing, water pouring. I got an email back saying “What in the world is water pouring?” Well, here you go Mother-in-Law.
In the morning I wake up and go outside to get cans of water. 3 gallon cans and 5 gallon cans. I am so thankful that our day guard pumps water everyday into these cans, sometimes a few times a day so that I don’t have to pump and carry them to the house. I then fill two kettles on the stove and if my thermoses are full, I use them to fill my sinks with water for dishes or cleaning. There can actually be many dishes considering I pretty much cook from scratch three times a day. We have to fill our bucket we use for flushing. Fill our handwashing station and water that is filtered for drinking every few days. I use 3-4 big buckets to mop the floor, every other day during dry season (usually) and 3-4 times A DAY during rainy season, depending if my two roomates are considerate when coming inside and take their shoes off. The problem is one person doesn’t wear her shoes half the time so I just get muddy footprints.
There is water to be brought in for cooking, for bathing. Heating it a couple to three times a day. It’s a lot. And the first month I would just cry, my back hurt so bad but now I am pretty used to it. Our friend from America brought a shower head that we charge up USB and a pump goes into a bucket of water and “Woohoo” we have a shower. I am probably the most excited because now it is so much easier to wash all that hair on Raelee! Ah, the small luxuries!
So there dear friends, is why usually I take a nap when Raelee does, if there is nobody pounding at my door needing something. Closed doors don’t deter anyone, they will just yell for 20 minutes in the window, just to tell us hi and ask how is here. And I fall into bed about 9 pm every night! Most days are good, and I don’t think about it, but some days I do miss running water but I love our new life and wouldn’t change anything~