Each Friday, at least for the foreseeable future, I will be sharing a blog post from the past. These will be posts from other places that I have retained the rights once again, or from this blog. I hope you enjoy these entries. I know they are ones that have made me smile.
This post originally was posted October 11, 2012.
One of the items that I have in my home that we consider a must have item is a water cooler. This started back when we lived in Idaho and had the absolute worst tasting water. My sister once compared it to watered down sour milk. I think she was being much too nice about it. It was hideous.
I am a water drinker. I love water. The health benefits are just a bonus in my book. But to have nasty tasting water is just something I will not tolerate. I am picky about my water. It must taste clean and it must taste fresh. If it doesn’t, then don’t count on me to drink it. I would rather dehydrate. I have to be pretty desperate to drink water that doesn’t meet the standards of my palate.
To save the earth from bottles and bottles of water, we invested in a water cooler. And I purchased 5 gallon water containers and changed them out all the time. We were all happy. I had my water and we were actually saving quite a bit of money and not contributing to the landfill. It was win-win.
When we moved to Wyoming, we actually moved to a place that has really good water. I mean, you can fill a glass out of the tap and not gag. It is fabulous. However, I still like my water cooler. I just refill my containers with the good water from my tap. Again, it is a win-win situation. But about a month ago, my water cooler died after about 10 years of faithful service. Now, I know you are thinking I just resorted to the tap at this point. But I like my water super cold. And I love having hot water at my fingertips for hot chocolate. I am slightly spoiled and I like it that way.
So my husband, being the good man he is, wanted his wife to be happy and drink her water. So he purchased this for me:
It has made me one very happy woman. I love how sleek it is in design. It is super quiet. My old one was getting loud toward the end. Quiet is a good thing. I have a 5 gallon water container on it, but you can also use a 3 gallon container if you prefer. The only reason I can think of to go with the smaller size container is because the 5 gallon one is pretty heavy when it is full. However, I have my own He-Man, so the 5 gallon it is in our home.
This past week, we discovered that having a water cooler wasn’t just a convenience. It was a necessity. Our boiler system that controls the heat and hot water for our home broke and needed repair. However, this particular break meant that the water to our home had to be shut off while we waited for the part. The problem with living in the boonies and having a French-Canadian boiler system, is that parts are not a local purchase. We had to have the parts shipped to us. We were without heat and water for 5 days. Luckily, my parents live across town, so we were able to borrow their shower and refill our water container when we needed it. That helped. However, it was also really cold here for those 5 days. So we drank a lot of hot chocolate. It was a necessity. It warmed us up in ways the small space heater just couldn’t. It made the situation seem not quite as miserable. It made me happy. I was thankful for my water cooler. It saved us. Really. Having 5 gallons of good drinking water when you have no other water is not only comforting, but lifesaving. We were prepared for a situation that we couldn’t control. I love my new water cooler. I foresee it serving me for many, many years.