Monday, March 11, 2013

Camping at Home

This weekend was quite an adventure... if being without all things that require heat sounds like an adventure! At 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the electricity in our place went haywire, scared the bejeebers out of us, and then left us with dismal power. Our house is working off of about 50% of the wattage we need! We have to manually open and close the garage door, and things like a fan run at half speed. The biggest obstacle is that anything that requires heat can't be supported. No heater, no stove, no oven, and no hot water. No hot water!


We are using our neighbor's immersion water heater to fill a large pot with water which we then use in the shower with a cup and a washcloth. I probably look ridiculous when I wash my hair too. I turn on the cold shower, stand at the edge of the shower steam, and then do a half back bend to rinse only my hair and keep my body as dry as possible. Talk about attractive. Reason #107 why flexibility is important.

Wish us luck on our at-home camping trip. We hope it will be over by Thursday, but there are no guarantees. Yikes. Be careful what you wish for. My husband and I want to live off the grid, but we would like to be able to plan for it first. I like camping, but I do not like camping at home.

Y'all, giving yourself a sponge bath sucks a whole freakin' lot. It's cold even with hot water! To the people of the world who have had fantasies of a sexy nurse giving you a sponge bath, sponge baths suck. Sorry. I'm just the messenger.

12 comments:

Nadine said...

Oh my gosh! That sounds awful. The showering has got to be the worst part. Naveed has yet to grasp that if you start the dishwasher in our house while someone is showering, they lose ALL hot water. Aren't cold showers the worst? I've done that very back bend you speak of. Good luck with your at home camping!!

Annelise Rowe said...

Ugh! I hope this clears itself up right quick! What a total inconvenience. Can you IMAGINE living in the 1800's? Ugh!

Lauren said...

I think you and your husband get dealt a lot of crazy in life because you two can truly handle it! Way to make the best out of your... primitive conditions!

Devon said...

"Sorry. I'm just the messenger" , ha

I like camping too, but this sounds awful. Cold showers in the winter? No, no, no thank you!

Sending warm thoughts your way. At least your water bill will be lower?

applesandglue said...

Wow, good luck... that does not sound pleasant at all!

Empirically Erin said...

That sounds awful!! You're a real trooper! When our hot water used to run out when I was little (we had well water), my mom used to heat it up on the stove and let it cool down a little before dumping it over us. It was no fun!

Whitney said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry love. This doesn't sound fun at all. You're always welcome to shower at my place!

Gesci said...

Eeek! I've had to do this on random occasions, but never for an entire week! You don't want to do the campground technique of putting your stuff in a shower caddy and going next door?? You're hardier than me, for sure!
Hang in there, and here's hoping for cool weather!!

Betsy Transatlantically said...

wait, why did this happen? not fair.

Marie said...

That's terrible -- half power??? And no hot water???? How did this happen?

The Cavallaro's said...

Please tell me that you finally got your heat/water heater/whatever it is fixed! That sounds soo terrible especially with those chilly temps in the mornings!

Belle Vierge said...

I have washed my hair several times now without getting my body wet. It sucks. My reasons were not a lack of hot water, which would be pretty miserable, but having eczema over my entire body that got worse when wet. I'm really impressed y'all went ten whole days without hot water!