Thank you Bonnie for inquiring about the current water situation. It might be weird to say but after a while it was a regular part of our weekly routine to haul water - usually a dozen blue jugs at a time. It was a whole new adventure for me but for Rob it was shades of his bachelor days when he lived with two blue jugs a week and he had to drive 10 miles to get it. We had large plastic garbage cans filled in the bathtub and in the corner of the kitchen. A large pot of water was always on the wood stove for dishes. In fact, this was such a good idea that we continue to do this for moisture in the cabin and to reduce water heating costs. Bathing was done in traditional style in the lakeside sauna. There's nothing like standing naked on a moonlit night on a frozen lake, smelling of essential oils, to observe millions of stars and possible northern lights. For guests this is the highlight of their stay here.
As soon as spring returned at the end of April, Rob (A.K.A. Hernia Man who was soon to have surgery) was busy digging up a long trench, a foot deep, from the cabin to the lake. That's about 100 feet. The last stretch was the worst with the ground still frozen. The month prior to this, he's bought all the necessary supplies, PVC pipes, heat trace... There was a man who was anxious for the return of spring and for things to be 'normal', but I remind him that especially around here normal is a setting on your washing machine.