Saturday, January 3, 2009

You Don't Miss Your Water 'til Your Well....

The well is not completely dry, but the water table is down and for the past 2 weeks we have had very little water. There have been more times in these 2 weeks than I care to think about when we had to turn off the pump to keep from draining the well completely. We share the well with our neighbor, Karen. Both of us had company for the holidays. There were 5 people in her house and as many as 8 in ours. Not everyone was able to shower every day and flushing was on an "as needed" basis. I still have dishes in the dishwasher from a week ago. I'm optimistic that tonite I can set the dishwasher for late nite and finally get them washed and put away.

When we made our "dream house" list before moving to the mountains, on it was a specific wish to have "city water", a paved drive,and cable tv. (We have a shared well, gravel road up to our paved drive and DISH TV) Needless to say, none of that happens when you live on a mountain in the middle of nowhere! There's not much we can do about the well, except drill deeper. We may be headed there sooner rather than later.

This entire "adventure" reminds me that we take much in our life for granted. There are many things that we do without even thinking about them... just as we flip the faucet handle with the expectation that water will flow freely. Perhaps our New Year's resolution should be to take a serious look around us and realize all that we have to be thankful for. Even the little things like a long hot shower, enough water to rinse the soap out of your hair and shave your legs are more than some people have in a lifetime.

As for me,I shall take this as a learning experience. I will try to be more patient,appreciate all that we have and pray for LOTS of rain!

Quick Key Lime Pie
Light and delicious!
1 (3-ounce) package sugar- free lime flavor gelatin
¼ cup boiling water
2 (4-ounce) containers key lime pie flavor whipped or light yogurt
1 (8-ounce) container reduced-fat frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (6-ounce) reduced-fat graham cracker pie crust

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stirring well. In a large mixing bowl, combine gelatin and yogurt. Gently fold in whipped topping. Spoon into graham cracker crust and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

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