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We blew a…gasket? Washer? Something in the dish washer input line last night. Water everywhere. Until the plumber comes, I’m doing dishes by hand.

I don’t mind, to be honest. For a few days anyway. It’s kind of Zen.

My mother, who was an aggressive proto-feminist, used to say that washing dishes made her feel a direct connection to all the women in her ancestry. I don’t know about that. I can tell you for sure some of our foremothers were too snooty and high-falutin’ to wash their own dishes and some, I would guess, were too slatternly. And if you go back far enough, some probably just squatted on their haunches and drank straight out of the crick.

I know I do.

She wouldn’t live in a house that didn’t have a window over the sink, so she could look out and daydream. I have one, but it’s dark now.

Anyway, nothing planned for the weekend but dish washing, chicken painting and (yes) more yogurt making (that’s going really well, thanks for all the encouragement). Have a good weekend, whatever you may do!


Comment from AliceH
Time: March 9, 2018, 10:51 pm

Agree about the Zen. Also about the “for a few days, anyway”.

I wouldn’t want to try washing anything bigger than a cup and saucer in that tiny sink, though. I don’t think a dinner plate would fit, much less a cooking pot or pan.


Comment from Bob
Time: March 10, 2018, 3:11 am

We haven’t used our dishwasher in years. For a while, we used it as storage. Then, someone accidentally turned it on while it was full of stored stuff. Which went in the trash. We still have it, and it sits under the counter unused.
I totally get the zen dishwashing thing.


Comment from BJM
Time: March 10, 2018, 5:06 am

‘…but dish washing, chicken painting and (yes) more yogurt making “

Welp, that’s an eclectic array of weekend activities right there.

My new 27″ monitor and Alienware Aurora arrived today and Imma gonna pretty much waste the entire weekend.

Back in our salad days the weekend prolly mapped out a bit differently, eh?


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 10, 2018, 5:11 am

This kid with Downs Syn & his dad started an online company selling socks. They have a nice selection including weasel and sloth socks.


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 10, 2018, 2:13 pm

We had a broke down washer for….about 10 years.

I still tend to do them in the sink unless I’m in a hurry to see what dame sweasy has posted for the day.

As for d r inking out of streams, we opted for one of the purifier pump kits.


Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: March 10, 2018, 7:13 pm

Single, so the dishwasher is run about once weekly. And only dishes go in it. Cookware gets washed in the sink.

Don’t understand the bit about insisting on a window over the sink. You mean some houses are built without one? Like where, Soviet Russia? North Korea? Gormenghast?


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 10, 2018, 9:31 pm

don’t matter if your dishwasher works. Just as long as your Netflix connection does so you can catch the next exciting episodes of “Buzzed with Barry” and “The Mooch gets militant”.


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 10, 2018, 10:12 pm

I could write poetry about all the dishwashers I have loved. Bought a Kenmore Elite in 1998 that would take the flowers off Corning Ware. Now that was a dishwasher, and I practically cried when we moved and I had to leave it behind. And now I am hand-washing again, because we need to do some plumbing before we replace the broken dishwasher. Husband and I have a deal: I take care of washing the dishes and he puts them up. Sometimes where he puts them is a mystery, but I’m not about to complain.

Like Stoaty’s Maman, I too insist on a window over my kitchen sink. I would have settled for a kitchen sink on a peninsula or island, but I get surly and mean if I have to face a wall. I get protecting water pipes by bringing them up interior walls and I don’t care.

I have a good view out my kitchen window—courtyard, with a palm tree, and the pool—which is lovely in summer and heartbreaking in winter. Husband is in fact, cleaning the pool today because it’s 85 degrees outside. In a few weeks it will be full of water and when the water temp hits 75, I’m going in. 🙂


Comment from AliceH
Time: March 11, 2018, 3:03 am

Steve: My house has 3 kitchen windows, but none are over the sink.

By strange coincidence, my new hardback copy of the Gormenghast Trilogy is on the coffee table in front of me right now.


Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: March 11, 2018, 10:07 am

We hand-wash everything here. I don’t think I’ve even seen a dishwasher in any house I’ve been in. Not even in the kitchen appliance sections of the various ‘big box’ stores. Just not a thing with filipinos.

I did find crock pots at one department store and let out such a hoot that I scare my wife and daughter and pretty much anyone within ear shot. Was I happy? Very much so – in fact, we now have THREE crock pots. And no one enjoys the food that comes from them except for me.

Another facet of life here that I had to assimilate to is – no hot water. Houses are not plumbed for hot water. Most house electrical systems would not be able to support one of those “on-demand” hot water heaters (really crappy wiring here. _Really_ crappy). No one washes dishes or clothes in hot water. Showers are brisk. The only time hot water is utilized (via a hot pot) is for bucket baths during early mornings of the cold part of the year.

And by cold, I mean the temps drop down the low-70s. BRRR.

And I agree – that sink is damn tiny.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 11, 2018, 1:09 pm

Oh, Gormenghast! When I was fifteen, that trilogy damn near made me suicidal. That was one long, long Summer on the farm, an hour and a half from civilization.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 12, 2018, 3:32 pm


I didn’t intend that to come out that way, it just did.

How about a couple of black painted 50 gallon water drums up where the sun can hit them all or most of the day?

Yeah, I know, water line up to em, plumbing down from em….easier said (see how easy it was?) than done.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 12, 2018, 10:11 pm

Sun, he says. Do you know where I live? We haven’t seen that ‘sun’ thing in weeks.


Comment from LesterIII
Time: March 12, 2018, 11:09 pm

I believe that tiny sink has another side in the background, either a separate cavity or a kidney-bean-ish shaped single cavity, covered by a “strainer top”. The faucet fixture is mounted in the middle. Slightly more utility for tiny kitchens.

Also, but unrelated, Chook Glamour!:



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