You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.

This is a list of the little things I miss. Things that most people take for granted, and I did too, till I didn’t have them anymore.

In no particular order.

Hot running water. Actually, this alone covers a LOT of things that we’ve had to put up with since September. Because the gas is out, we have a temporary electric hot water system hooked up instead of our usual one. The pressure from this thing is pathetic. Yes, that’s partly because the hot water is (still) connected to a gravity system on the roof, so it has to go UP to the tank on the roof, then back DOWN into the pipes and taps. But while we did notice a difference in the pressure between the hot and cold water before, it was probably only a bit less than what you’d find in a more modern house without a gravity system. It was definitely usable. This…not so much. Showers work ok…if you turn the shower head to the setting where it’s coming out the least amount of holes. Dishes…it takes about half an hour to fill up the sink with the hot tap.

And it won’t even make its way out to the laundry room to do a wash in hot water. So everything’s been getting washed in cold water…including everything from when we had gastro a month or so ago. I’ve been using a laundry sanitiser additive for the really gross stuff, and always make sure that stuff gets hung outside to get some fresh air & UV rays to kill off whatever it can. But I’m going to be so glad when I can do a hot wash again in a week and a half.

A proper stove and oven. We’re making meal times work without one, but it’s a huge headache. I’ll be so glad when we have a working oven again. For the first time in years, I’m having eggs go off in the fridge because we’re just not going through them quick enough. I didn’t realise how often we used to have omelettes before the gas went out. That would use up an entire carton of eggs and then some (given the size of our family). And I can use my air fryer to make things like roast potatoes, cook chicken legs, etc., but the capacity is about half of what I can do on ONE tray in the oven. I’ve had to use my Thermomix to boil water for my tea in the morning, which means it pretty much always stays wet, and if I want to make something that requires the bowl to be dry…I either have to forego my morning cuppa, or get a nice clean tea towel and dry it out really really well.

Being able to plug all electrical devices DIRECTLY into a power point, and not through a shared extension cord with 2 other appliances. So yeah, this one’s a major pet peeve at the moment. Ages ago, maybe a year ago, one of our electrical circuits just quit working entirely. Darrin got up in the roof and tried to work out which part of it was causing the problem, and eventually gave up in disgust because nothing made sense. So for that long, we’ve had an extension cord plugged into Caleb’s room to power the washer & dryer in the next room. But it gets better. Because the air fryer (which is huge and really needs its own permanent spot) and microwave aren’t plugged into anything permanently, so when we want to use one of those, we have to unplug the laundry and plug in whatever appliance we need. And if there’s a load of washing going and you want to use the microwave? Too bad for you. Because it can’t go on the only other available circuit, because of the hot water system plugged into it that pretty much takes up the entire circuit’s load.

Our new house has FOUR DOUBLE POWER POINTS IN THE KITCHEN. This house has ONE and it doesn’t even work anymore. You better believe both of those are getting their own permanent spot when we move.

Some of you may ask, “Why didn’t you get these things fixed when they became a problem?” Well, because for at least 5 years now, we’ve been planning/hoping to knock down this house and rebuild. So we didn’t want to spend money on fixes that were only for convenience. If it was a matter of safety, absolutely, we’d fix it. But we didn’t see the point in spending hundreds of dollars to get an electrician to fix a circuit when we knew we wouldn’t be here long enough to get our money’s worth out of it.

So yes, we have extension cords through nearly every room in our house. After we move, we’ll still have that to some extent, while we work out where we want all our computers. But as soon as we have a good idea of where everything will be long term, we’ll get an electrician in to put in some more power points.

Also, I am SO getting a dishwasher. We have so many cupboards in our new kitchen, I don’t mind losing one for the sake of a dishwasher. I’ve never had a dishwasher anywhere I’ve lived in Australia. It’s time.

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