My hot water tank did indeed shoot craps, so what is one to do? My house guests opted for sponge baths this morning and showers when they get home. I opt for cold showers. Actually, the cold water isn’t all that cold since it’s been simmering in the heat, close to the sun in the local water towers. It’s only slightly cooler than tepid. The true test is yet to come.
I had a dishwasher full of dishes and then some, so I resorted to the way we used to do dishes…boil water and go from there. At least I didn’t have to boil water on a wood stove as my ancestors did and some Amish still do.
If Brit had been Amish, I never could have married him. Cute, nice man that he was, the marriage never would have taken place let alone lasted. Aside from the religious factor, I don’t see how some of them manage with no refrigeration for food … let alone other comforts … no electricity, no indoor plumbing or running water. They have passels of children who are all home-schooled and get a bath and clean clothes once a week. The thought of getting a wood fire burning in the cook stove to prepare meals when it’s probably 110 degrees in the house would be the ultimate challenge. And, the Amish don’t buy much so I suppose we’d have cornmeal mush for each meal. Nope, I’d never survive that. I thought about that as I washed the dishes and time just flew by.
I think I’ll get a tankless hot water heater this time, that is, if they can figure out how to vent it in my utility room that is already a mechanical nightmare of equipment, pipes, tubes, ducts, vents etc. Usually, I’m the only one here and keeping a 35 gallon tank of water hot at all times just for my convenience is insane. I was going to change it out a few years ago and the cost was prohibitive. So, I decided to wait until I HAD to do something and that time is NOW. We once had a lot of demand on the system which is no longer the case. I should hear tomorrow what the bottom line might be. It won’t good news for the pocket book.
Speaking of water, as I was, I’m mystified by people who buy bottled water when tap water is usually a much better option. They seem to believe all the promotional hype that is printed on the labels, claims of purity, images of mountain springs when there is little verification of those claims. What they put in their bottles doesn’t include the source and and quality of the water and it’s not regulated like tap water. People buy it and drink it without even knowing what’s in the bottle. Nearly half of all bottled water, in fact, comes from the same source as the tap. However, bottlers like Coke (Dasani) have refused to acknowledge this simple truth on their labels. And, it’s terribly expensive. I just don’t get it. Using refillable containers is the way to go. Stainless steel is best.
One of my friends who was here this weekend is a Viet Nam vet. He was particularly interested in Tyler’s medical evacuation work since he underwent a similar experience during his war. I exposed him to one of the CNN links that showed the CCATT work I posted and sent the others for him to view later. I wish Tyler could have been here to listen to some of Mark’s experiences as I know he would have found his descriptions of being on patrol in Nam and a ship’s medical hospital most interesting. They would have had a good visit. When I’m engaged in a really good conversation, I’m usually always reminded of someone who experienced similar situations that I wish could be there too as the ties were so strong. I guess you call it networking.
Along these same lines of my conversation with Mark about wars, vets, injuries, compensation and supporting our troops, or lack thereof, is a very interesting article today in Daily Kos called “Supporting” the troops by Joan McCarter. It is a very, very good article that speaks with authority on the raw deals that are being shoved at our servicemen by some who would prefer to save money by freezing military pay and scaling back benefits, rather than by eliminating waste in defense contracting. You should really take a few minutes and read it.
Following the Vietnam war, our service members got a very raw deal. I’m not talking about the urban legends about them being spat upon and called babykiller when they got home. I’m talking about how their government–for 12 years run by those great patriotic Republicans Reagan and Bush the elder–betrayed them. How so many had to fight a mostly losing battle to have the actual physical and psychological damage done to them even recognized, much less compensated. How the most psychologically damaged of them were left to fend for themselves, leaving a crisis of homelessness and addiction. I will never forget the shock of finding out how shoddily our government treated the people who were compelled to sacrifice everything. Nor will I forget the frustration of being utterly incapable–even with the weight of a congressman’s name behind me–to do anything to help those individuals.
Ringo loves the dog food I make for him. When it’s mixed half and half with his dry dog food, there is never a morsel left in his bowl. In case you want to make it, here’s how I do it. Boil some chicken parts (like a couple of thighs and a leg), remove the bones and dice the rest. I use the broth and juice off canned veggies and add water so I have enough liquid to cook two cups of regular rice. Not the instant kind. When that’s cool, I add canned veggies…two or three cans total of mixed veggies and green beans. I buy whatever is cheap. When it is cool, I stir in the chicken and store it in the refrigerator. It usually lasts about ten days.
The “everything except the kitchen sink” ice cream Ally made for me is top of the line wonderful. That is if you like fruit and nuts in your ice cream. I do. It has crushed pineapple, cherries and tropical dried fruits hydrated with Kirsche, toasted coconut chips and nuts (sliced almonds, pine nuts and pecans…all roasted), and folded in this very creamy, custardy, vanilla ice cream base. Lucky me. Bev and Mark loved it too.
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