This morning started out like any other morning. Titus came toddling into our room and climbed onto the bed at the crack of dawn, ready for breakfast. The dog whimpered and whined, needing to go outside to potty. Jerry snored soundly beside me. Everything seemed normal.
But when I stumbled into the bathroom and turned the shower on… nothing happened.
I went into the kitchen and tried the water at the sink. Nothing.
“Jerry! The pipes are frozen!”
We knew it was going to be cold overnight, but dang, not that cold!
It’s tricky going about the day with no running water!
When I went to make breakfast, I realized that we were out of milk to drink. Normally we would have just had water, but seeing as that wasn’t an option, I broke out a sacred jar of home canned grape juice. The kids were very excited.
Oh, why didn’t I start the dishwasher before I went to bed?? I wondered to myself as I glanced into the washer packed full of dirty dishes.
Baby Xia woke up soon after everyone else. Obviously, the first thing I do with her in the morning is change her diaper. I kicked myself for not having any of her baby wipes solution made up. With no running water, and no wipes made, how was I supposed to clean her little tushy?
Then I remembered a box of wet bathroom wipes I’d received in the mail a while back as a free sample. I’d stashed them in our emergency survival stuff. Surely this counted as an emergency.
I was so thankful to have those wipes!!
But now to wash my hands. With no water.
There was a container of SaniHands Wet wipes underneath the bathroom sink. Saved again.
At breakfast Jerry made the announcement that nobody was to flush the toilets unless it was a number 2. Too late. They’d both been flushed.
The wet wipes came in handy again to clean grubby hands and faces after breakfast.
I was glad to have water in a spray bottle to brush the girl’s hair. No brushing our teeth though.
Normally I start a load of laundry as soon as we are done eating. And boy, I’m telling ya, those cloth diapers were in desperate need of a washing. But there it was again… the whole running water thing. Ugh. I was really wishing for a pack of Pampers. I wondered if I’d have to boil rain water and wash the dirty diapers in a bucket with a plunger.
Jerry went outside with a couple of buckets and filled them with water from our rain water collector. Amazingly, only the top of the 275 gallon container was frozen. The water in the bottom was still flowing, though the hose connected to it did start to freeze up after Jerry had used it. But at least we had about 4 gallons of water now.
It wasn’t purified water, so I filled my biggest pot and began boiling it on the stove. Jerry decided that it would be a good idea to work on putting together our Homemade Berkey Water Filter today. That would have been nice to have ready to use.
It was eye opening to experience all of the little ways we were not prepared, and to note the few things we were glad to have on hand. I was aggravated at myself for leaving so many things undone the day before. Fortunately for us, about half way through the day the water thawed out and came back on. We all jumped for joy.
Once again, I’m thankful for the experience. Being caught unprepared helped to bring to light some things we need to add to our emergency supplies. We really do need to find where the pipes froze as well, and wrap them better so this doesn’t happen again. They are calling for freezing temps again tonight.
But tonight, we’ll leave the water running!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.