Yesterday I rented a waterless cabin and will be moving in next week. Living waterless is fairly common in the interior of Alaska. Fairbanks is set up to accomodate “cabin dwellers” with showers in the laundry mats and bulk water stations in several locations around town. Having and keeping running water and unfrozen septic in the arctic, is expensive.
I don’t plan on showering at the laundry mat as I think it will be a fairly easy thing to contrive a simple shower set up at home. The biggest expense seems to be a galvanized wash tub to stand in. Oh but I have several large rubbermaid totes, perhaps I can use one of those. See, there is a learning curve, but I have good “tires” (thanks Mom and Dad).
The cabin I rented is currently occupied. I stopped by to ask the current tennent if he would be interested in selling me his water jugs. Actually, he wasn’t there but his girlfriend was. She said there is a definate possibility that he would be interested in that. I left my number. I hope he calls.
I didn’t get a look in the outhouse but I am hoping for two things, that since it it getting pretty far in to the winter, I wont have to deal with someone else’s poopcicle, and that I can find a handy supply of blue foam board. Blue foam is your best friend at _40. It feels warm and keeps your butt from freezing to the seat. You probably don’t care to see a picture of that…
I am currently peddling as fast as I can and have finally had to admit to myself that I am not only not able to get ahead, but am loosing ground. With two kids and one income, there is only so much that can be cut from the budget. I finally figured out that I am supposed to suck it up and do what I have to do in order to get what I want here, my OWN little cabin in the woods. I had been putting off this decision when a friend posted a quote on facebook that spoke to me, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison. So here I am, sucking it up and biting the bullet and all those other cliches that are cliches because they are true.
Stay tuned for our upcoming adventures.