What do you think of when you see that title? Those two words bring all kinds of images to mind for me. Like when I feel that I’m in boiling water and all kinds of things are going wrong in my life. I know that eventually, the waters will calm and cool and life will get back to normal — or as normal as my life ever seems to be. They remind me of turmoil which I guess is basically the same thing I just described except that turmoil doesn’t necessarily have to be about my life in particular. It could be our country or just one situation.
Well, in this case, boiling water is quite literal. We are having to boil our water to use it right now. Yuck. Double yuck. I cannot express the “yuck” I feel for this situation. I’ve told you that I live in a rural area. I also live near a lake. I assume our water basically comes from there. At some point each summer, they “turn” the water, which makes it smelly and dark. I hate that situation also. When that happens, I play little mind games with myself and pretend (at least while I’m showering in the nasty stuff) that I live in the days of having to go to the creek and get the water in a bucket. Now, I never try to justify the creek water coming from a modern day shower, it’s my fantasy and I can do anything I want with it.
The need to boil though, well it’s supposed to be safe to use if we boil it for 2 minutes and let it cool. We’re boiling it for our dogs, but it has a nasty film on top after it’s cooled that we find quite unappealing. I’ve decided to go ahead and buy bottled water for drinking, cooking and even brushing my teeth. My hubby says that the water is still safe to shower in and wash clothes and dishes. For that — I’m having to pretend that I’m in Mexico. I wouldn’t drink the water or use it to cook or brush my teeth, but I would shower and wash clothes in it since I’m adding soap to kill the bacteria. This is supposed to last for at least a week.
I know that in the grand scheme of things that are a misery to folks and true hardships, this is nothing. It’s just a pimple on the butt of life, but it’s a pimple on my life-butt and it’s irritating. Until next time….