Can I just say that the last four weeks have been crappy - literally! We had not been home three days from our anniversary trip when we realized very quickly, that something was drastically wrong with our septic system! The toilets weren't flushing like they should, and I could hear a funny gurgling sound in the basement when my washer was draining. We called someone to come and pump our septic tank (gross huh?!), and he confirmed that our drain system was not working . . . not what we wanted to hear! And to make matters even worse, we were babysitting three of our grandchildren for a few days, but can I just say, they were so good at NOT using water.
To make a long story short, our contractor, after talking to the inspector, told us that we had to hook onto a sewer line that runs in front of our house. Now, we were told when they put the sewer line in three years ago, that we could not hook onto it, that it only serviced a few other communities, many miles from our house! Well . . . that is not true. If you live within 300 feet of this sewer line, and your septic system fails, you MUST hook onto it, and it's not cheap!! So, four weeks later, we are just now able to use the system!
Four weeks of dealing with dumping dish water, only flushing when needed, taking military showers, and only doing minimal laundry, has made me a cranky woman! We are finally hooked up, and it feels really good to be able to use the water again. I could write a book about the cost of hooking up to this system, and the way that government is trying to control us in every way! I could also write a book about how living with minimal water has made me realize how grateful I am to my ancestors for the sacrifices they made, and how grateful I am for modern conveniences!