A way long time ago, in a far away time, Wrangler Man and I moved out to this previously un-lived upon land, and decided to set up shop here..... Because there was no such thing as running water, power and all those things one might want to have.. we moved a mobile home in. And proceeded to dig a well, run power lines, all that important kind of stuff!
We lived in the tiny little mobile home ( less than 900 sq feet) for 7 years... and in all that time we did not own a mechanical dishwasher..... and.... we survived...
HOWEVER - since we built our house that we live in now - we did include a dishwasher. And in the way of all things mechanical - ours has died. And my Natural Born dishwashers - are sadly enough - in hiding at the end of a meal.
Yesterday morning I was washing all the dishes *by hand* *sigh* , Little bit sauntered out, recklessly into the kitchen and says - Gosh Mom - you sure can do a lot of dishes with just a little bit of water.... and it made me remember the olden days.
Back in the day of the mobile home, we had very limited water. And the majority of our water was used watering livestock, so dishes and laundry came very very last.... now we have a cistern that holds up to 700 gallons in reserve for us... progress.
My Grand Mother in Law came to visit us, and she was even better at water conservation than I - the ranch she lived on as a young mother ( with 3 children in CLOTH diapers) had NO water, and she had to haul all that they needed, daily, from a neighboring ranch. Made my life look a lot easier!
Do you remember those people who would say - Oh I wish I lived 100 years ago? Hmmm... I don't think I am one of them.... ( by the way - see the plant in the picture? That is THE FIRST plant I have EVER kept alive for more than a month... impressive right?)