Kathy Petersen’s Blog

Feeding the fish

Posted in children by Kathy on June 29, 2008

Ugh. My older son vomited in his bed when I put him down for the night, so I had to change his clothes and the bedding (including pillow), and then go and swish the dirty stuff in the lake. Ick. At least I didn’t have to hand-wash it on a scrub-board!

Yes, folks, we’re in a cabin. Don’t envy me — I said “cabin” not “lodge.” It’s my husband’s father’s cabin, and he and my brothers-in-law have such fond memories of being here as boys that we’re here for our vacation.

There are two cabins — the larger one and “Grandma’s Cabin” — and together there is a 1500-gallon septic tank. For some reason, we’re not allowed to install a bigger one. There is no washing machine; the bathrooms and kitchens are on the scale of “tiny”; and the mosquitoes are out in force.

Because of the sepic tank (more specifically, because we don’t want to have to pay the $150 to pump it out), we’re trying to put minimal water down the drain, so we’re jumping in the lake for our baths, washing dishes in basins and dumping the water on flowers, and flushing the toilet only when necessary. We live by the saying, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down.”

The sinks were too small to rinse the sheet and pillow anyway.

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