The "Bucket List"


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July 26th 2012
Published: July 27th 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

In the last eight days, I have learned many new uses for the humble bucket. "Bucket List" has taken on a new meaning for me. In our house here at Kimwenza, we are blessed to have running water -- cold, but not hot. Down the hall from my room, there is a hot water heater with a faucet. So every night and every morning, I take my bucket there to fill it with hot water. We have showers (with cold water), but not bathtubs. So the bucket filled with a mixture of hot and cold water provides a daily bath/shower. I'm getting good at dousing myself from my bucket! It's also great for washing clothing and carrying it out to the clothesline. And for soaking tired feet -- it can't be beat. Of course, the bucket is indispensable for mopping floors, for collecting vegetable peelings, for cleaning fish, for drawing water from the underground well, etc. I wonder how long my "bucket list" will be when it's time to leave next Wednesday!


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The hot water heater down the hall from my room -- and another bucket
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The clotheslines -- another bucket
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Cleaning fish for dinner


10th August 2012

Thanks for sharing!
Sister JoAnn, Your trip sounds so interesting--glad that you are blogging and sharing the news! Love the bucket list story! Wish you could have easier access to hot water. Safe journey, Mary
6th November 2012

It was one of the nicest places that I’ve stayed. Hopefully you’ll find a way to make it happen

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