I am on a mission to live sustainably. My primary water source is a rain water collection system. Collecting rainwater is a great idea almost everywhere, but especially here is the drought-prone Southwest.
We collect the water into big tanks from the roof of a barn, which is on top of a hill. That is super convenient as we can then pipe the water almost everywhere using gravity. No pumps needed – just manual valves to turn the water on or off.
Look Ma – no electricity!
My husband built the system. He is a mechanical genius.
But there is one small problem, His wife (me) is totally scatterbrained and prone to forgetting that the water is on when the phone rings, or the dogs corner another snake, or the kids are suddenly famished, or a neighbor comes up with some chickens to trade… You get the idea.
Meanwhile the water is running and running and then the tanks are dry.
When this is you main water source it causes friction in the marriage.
My nine year old daughter came up with the most awesome solution. We dispersed her enormous bling collection onto every faucet on the farm.
Whenever anyone turns on the water, you also get to wear the bling until you turn off the water.
Not only do you look fabulous, but everyone else knows and reminds you that you have water on.
And that my friends, is the #1 reason to wear bling in Texas.
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.