A milestone! I should note this in the journal…

I was going to take the day off entirely – in fact I considered spending the afternoon in bed – because I raised some pressure sores on my stump from all the walking I’ve been doing and they need to heal or they’ll get chronic. But it was such a lovely day.


I ended up spending a couple of hours crawling around under the cabin working on insulation. That’s not as incongruous as it sounds because I have a bunch of scrounged insulation piled in my powershed, which is only 8X8, and I need to get it out of there. Best way to do that is to use it for the purpose I saved it to serve.

Anyway, crawling around under the cabin means I’m gritty and filthy and need a bath bad. That means heating a couple of pots of water and getting naked in front of the sink, and the difference between winter and not-winter is whether I can do that without heating the room first. But this afternoon I found I was doing it with the windows open. And that’s a first for the year.

In two months I’ll be taking baths out in the yard with the garden hose and it’ll seem like nothing. But I’ve been cooped up for what seems like a two-year winter, and this is a milestone worth noting.

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7 Responses to A milestone! I should note this in the journal…

  1. Cookie says:

    Just don’t post pictures! LOL

  2. Zelda says:

    Well shucks. I was hoping they would be part of Joels 2020 calendar.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Me too :-). You should have o e of those inexpensive solar showers. They work GREAT!

  4. Joel says:

    That has not been my experience. 🙂

  5. Beans says:

    Get yourself an old bathtub from the dump. Prop it up on cinder blocks or chunks of rock. Plug hole in bottom. Fill with water. Light fire underneath, Monitor heat levels and go have yourself a soak. You’ll enjoy it, and a hot bath will feel good on your joints.

    You can even do it during colder temps, just not when it’s freezing.

  6. Robert says:

    Ain’t nuthin’ like an outdoor shower with sufficient hot water. Oh, yeah! Wait, Joel said garden hose. Um, I hope it is really really long and sitting in the blazing sun…

    My experience with solar showers has been that they are better than a cold shower. Ya gotta be in too big of a hurry.

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