Thursday, July 11, 2013
Doing the dishes!
I used to loathe doing the dishes, and sometimes when it's been an especially long day in the kitchen and the dishes are all piled into the sink, I want to be able to snap my fingers and make them all disappear.
Doesn't work that way though, so I load them in the washer and get the chore done.
Fast forward to today.
All this great country living and moving aside, one of the things I'm having to get used to is paying utility bills. Now I know that most if not all of you who read this, will think it crazy, but the truth is that we've always lived on base and never had to worry about paying electric, water or gas bills or trash pick up or anything of that sort. The rent went straight out of the pay check and that was it.
Now of course, leaving that life behind, I feel a little out of sorts because those things that I never had to worry about, I have to take into consideration. A budget needs to be made, or rather, a new budget for this retired military life...one that focuses on the bills we already have but a different monthly pay check and added utility bills without really knowing how we spend electricity or water or gas.
It's going to be a learning month for me, that's for sure.
One of the things I plan on doing is cutting back on using the dishwasher. It may sound ridiculous but doing the dishes by hand is something I am more than capable of doing, and the kids can do it too as one of their chores, and it doesn't involve running the washer.
Growing up, we never had a dishwasher, those things were only in the movies. All dishes were done by hand and I'm talking about washing dishes for 12 or 13 people at a time, and come the holidays, oh my....they piled up so fast.
We survived though, we didn't NEED a dishwasher, we didn't have one and didn't know any better than the kitchen sink, soapy water, clean water for rinsing and a drying rack.
So where did we go wrong???
When did we decide that doing dishes by hand is something of the past, something to be frowned upon?
Oh but it's faster with a washer. Is it really??? Because I can tell you from personal experience that the time I take to unload, rinse and scrub off the dirtiest dishes and load them into the washer, I could have already done the whole pile and had them drying.
And if I don't do them by hand, I don't get to enjoy pretty dishcloths, and sweet smelling dish soap, and feel the bubbles on my hands and the warm water dripping from my fingers.
I also don't get to enjoy slathering some lovely scented lotion on my hands, or reward myself with a steaming cup of hot tea.
And now I'm going to work on some items for the Etsy shop, because my chores are done and it's time to relax :)