We had filled our cistern to the cap in preparation for the impending inclement weather. But we are starting to run a little lower than I'd like. Especially since there is another precipitation pounder headed our way tomorrow evening.
It's been a little dry this past fall and our spring is not running. Usually it starts to flow in October and runs through June. Not this year. And usually when we need to haul water, we only have to travel less than a mile up the hill to fill our tank. Again, not this year. The neighbors who allow us to fill our tank have had to shut off their water due to a major leak. They only use water while staying at their cabin during hunting season, so it hasn't inconvenience them too much. We, on the other hand, are up the creek. Now we have to travel over 10 miles to fill up. And travelling that distance on icy roads with 2 tons of slightly sloshing water isn't a pleasure trip.
I've been conserving water as best I can. After washing dishes I use the dish water to mop the floors. Then I bail out the remaining water and use it to flush the toilet. And we are using the "If it's yellow let it mellow - If it's brown flush it down" rule! Showers are quick - 2 minutes max. The drain stopper is in place and we use the tub water to flush the toilet also. I've only done one load of laundry in 6 days.
It looks like tomorrow early will be the best (if not only) time to go for a refill. It should be sunny and above freezing and that should unfreeze the water tank from the hay wagon. We had taken the tank out of the truck for some unknown reason. Well, dear hubby thinks there was a reason, but I sure didn't. And now the tank has been iced and snowed on and is stuck to the wagon floor.
It was a breathtaking -3 degrees this morning. But the sun is out and the thermometer is on the rise. It might only get in the mid 20's, but hey, that's better than -3!
Even an old hermit would agree with that!