It’s just like this today…

4 Feb

It’s just like this today…

The water heater is indeed broken, and at 20+ years old it makes no sense to spend $400 fixing it. I had planned to install a solar hot water system anyway. But I was going to do that when it was convenient. So it looks like I’ll be taking sponge baths for a while. In principle this is fine with me; hot water is one of our biggest luxuries. In reality it’s a bit uncomfortable and inconvenient. I’ll be bumming showers and laundry when I can.

The questions are: Will the Weatherization Program be willing to help me with solar hot water instead of propane? (They’re supposed to be about sustainability.) If not, will I give in and let them install the evil fossil fuel appliance? And, either way, how long will it take them to get around to it?

And the other questions are: Where did I put that solar camp shower? Will my visitors get upset if I don’t have conventional hot water by the time they arrive?

A string of visitors are coming this spring, for visits of a day, a week, a month or more. I’m excited about that, and about them. Plenty of room for more. Also, I’m talking with various government people about conservation programs and other things, and happy to have help making plans. (There WILL be a group weekend of replacing buckthorn with friendly plants – stay tuned. Maybe April.)

I won’t bore with organizational discussions – seems to me I said enough about that last week. Or climate change information, even though it keeps coming. There’s a quote from Ram Dass: “We’re all just walking each other home.” I try to keep that in mind.

I cleaned the counters, and the mice seem to actually be gone. But I hesitate to trust it.

It’s snowing again. As it should, at this time of year. I went outside a little, but am too much indoors. And I’m noticing craving – I want a bath – this will be interesting. I did find the camp shower and have put it in the window.

Sometime in the past, I used to write. Now I just catch things that float by, that give life. Here is one from Rumi:

November 13

Sit, be still, and listen,

because you’re drunk and we’re at

the edge of the roof.

I did write recently, though, about thoughts:

Peace to you all.



3 Responses to “It’s just like this today…”

  1. marshallbutcharmstrong February 4, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    Good post. We’ll get out to see you one of these days. Butch.


  2. Myo-O February 4, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

    No hot water! Deep practice. Hot water gets me through every day in the winter. In my retreat cabin I boiled it on the propane stove during my last two sits of the night…otherwise, no getting up at 4am to stoke the fire. 🙂


  3. mllamoreux February 25, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

    oops, I think my comments were in answer to this rather than the prior blog. WordPress is unfortunately going the way of all successful blogs and seems to have been purchased by someone who is determined to make everything more difficult.


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