We arrived back to the woods yesterday, so today was the first FULL day without water. It really isn't so bad, we have been without hot water since Thanksgiving, so we're use to heating water on the stove for bathing, cooking and cleaning. We rolled in one of our very frozen 55 gallon drums of water which is now thawing by the wood stove. It will probably take a week to de-ice. We have a giant "HOT POT" with a spicket, so we've decided to melt snow in that and just always have a stash of water in there for convenience. (photos below) We are going to used melted snow water for extra water, but have a separate stock for drinking water.
The inaugural poos happened yesterday in the outhouse, we added a space heater for obvious reasons and have a nice string of lights that illuminate the way. Thank goodness Grandmaw gave me my Papaw's old "honey pot," which I used several times in the middle of the night. We usually each get up once or twice to rebuild the fire, and the Honey Pot will save me from having to go out in the middle of the night.
It was about 20 degrees in the cottage when we got here yesterday, and took about an hour to get the place heated up. Today it was 34 degrees, snowed like crazy and we got about 5 inches overall. We went out to collect wood for about an hour with the chainsaw. We found a giant dead tree, and chopped it down for wood-the biggest one yet! We didn't realize a mouse was living in there until the tree was down, but he survived and inspired me to do some research & draw up a mouse skull.
I've decided to do a little sketch every day, an "art a day" sort of challenge for myself. My Uncle Bill sent me a book on "Showing Your Artwork," and it's very relevant to art in todays world and social media, so I'm working on documenting my process more and learning more about showing my work on the internet.
Christmas break was great...I think I'll always consider Christmas time as a "break" even though I'm not in school anymore. It was nice seeing family & friends, having hot showers, eating all my favorite foods from home and celebrating the holidays. I'm really glad I got a nice 2+ week visit in, giving me tons of time to see everyone, especially my family.
And now it is nice being back amongst the trees and all my art supplies. Feeling more focused and inspired than ever! Ready to MAKE STUFF LIKE CRAZY! Here's to 2015!!!
Papaw's "Honey Pot"
I guess you could say is a family heirloom?
Jessica R. Willis
Artist of many mediums inspired by nature and philanthropy