Today I am thankful for inventions and technology that make life a little bit easier.
Anything from toilets so we don’t have to personally cart out our waste (which some in the Bush of Alaska still do…’honey cakes’ is what I’ve heard it called) to the HDTV sitting in our living room. They are all things I tend to take for granted, but would be hard pressed to what life to exclude.
We got a little taste of life without ‘amenities’ shortly after moving into our house here in Alaska. Just a few days after leaving our temporary lodging, the septic started to back up into the house. While we waited to get things taken care of, we went into overdrive with water conservation. Having to cart the dish water outside to dump in the snow was not fun. And, I’ll just say that everyone (including boys that have no problem going a few days between baths or showers in the winter) was glad when the tank had been pumped and we could more freely use the water.
Along with the septic issues, we also had quite a few days without a phone, internet or TV. We managed to survive, although for someone who is online most days it was a challenge trying to grab time through public connections to check email. But, it is amazing to think how different our lives are without them.
Other inventions I am glad to have include the dishwasher (as it does a few better job than the boys usually do), microwave and our washer and dryer. I can even expand it to having central heating (something that a house we looked up outside of Wasilla did NOT have!) and electricity for lighting. We’d be going through a lot of candles during the dark days of winter here in Alaska if we didn’t have electric lights to illuminate our home. And, of course, having a motor vehicle to get us place to place while keeping us warm and no bugs in our teeth is a great thing.