It is cold outside. Not as cold as the mid-west and eastern parts of the United States right now, but cold enough. Days like today make me more grateful for the simple things in life. A working furnace. A fully-stocked pantry. Fuzzy socks. And indoor plumbing.
I am currently enjoying a book about cooking and housekeeping in Britain during the 19th and early 20th centuries. While some of the procedures and methods sound almost reasonable, or even down-right quaint, much of what I am reading make me cringe! And I feel more grateful for what I have-like indoor plumbing. No need to choose between running out to the outhouse or using a chamber pot that I would get to clean out later. Or worrying about having enough water inside that is fresh and potable. Or needing to manually fill a large tub to climb into a hot bath to warm up, or soak my husband’s muscles-sore from a day’s labor.
I can run a bath, put in a load of laundry, turn on the dishwasher to clean up from a meal, fill the kettle from the tap for hot chocolate or mint tea, and even make a “pit stop” without the need to go outside or start with frigid water.
Yeah for the 21st century!