Saving ON a rainy day

Saving ON a rainy day

On Monday, my water was turned of for nonpayment. I've looked into all the local programs that usually help with bill paying, and at the moment, they're all out of funds. This is a temporary situation---I can pay the bill next payday, so it shouldn't be off more than another 10 days---but meanwhile, I've arrived at the following solutions. Showers---I am fortunate to have a friend nearby that I can visit every other day to get clean. Worst case scenario, the gender-appropriate locker room at my local college is available as well. Flushing---This was the big one! Because running up the road to the nearest convenience store for middle-of-the night calls of nature is a VERY inconvenient solution. I have a water-saving toilet, which takes less than a gallon to flush, and the same friend who gave me shower priviledges also gave me hose access so I could fill up a few jugs to flush with. This afternoon, it rained. When I say it rained buckets, that's not an exageration---when it dawned on me that there was FREE WATER rolling off the roof, I grabbed my trash can and set it under the spot where most of the water was landing, and it was full in under two minutes. Then I grabbed every bottle and jug I could find from the recycling (I'm good at saving it, bad at getting it to the curb, but in this case, that's a Good Thing), and now I have more than 20 gallons of water suitable for flushing and maybe a quick sponge bath between showers. And I didn't have to haul it around. Okay, maybe this would be obvious to anyone, but it was a light bulb moment for me....
Holly’s Room

Holly’s Room

Thrips, pesticide and veggie contamination

Thrips, pesticide and veggie contamination

Take that clay soil!

Take that clay soil!

ID’s

ID’s

Fuzzy little plant

Fuzzy little plant

I try to spend as little time inside as I can

I try to spend as little time inside as I can