Monday, August 15, 2011

10 days of a freezing cold hot summer...

Post-it note to self:  “Take nothing for granted!”  This presently applies to the joy of having an unlimited supply of hot water running through the pipes of the apartment. We are in the middle of what I call the "10 day challenge"...currently experiencing 10 invigorating days without a drop of hot water.  Translation:  icy Siberian showers and a selection of cold water rinses for the dishwasher and washing machine.

As relative newbies to Moscow, we are being initiated into the concept of no hot water throughout the city for 10 days.  And let me tell you...cold water in Moscow, in the summer, is darn frigid!

While Moscow is emerging from the shadows of Soviet times and starting to come into its own as a flourishing city, a few items of old-world deprivation remain.  Most buildings in Moscow get their hot water from a central city plant rather than from hot water boilers in the basement, as we do in the U.S.  For 10 days, the hot water is turned off throughout the city for pipe maintenance.  Hello breath-taking mornings!

Me after the cold water douse...

As you know, depending on the heat, and workout activity, many summer days are “2-a-days” in the shower department.  After our workout yesterday, Steve and I looked at each other and said “you first”!  My cold water shower survival tactic of choice is the “hokey pokey”.  I put my right arm in, I pull my right arm out, I soap my right arm up and I rinse it all about.  Then lather, rinse, repeat with my other limbs.  And I'm not opposed to “turning myself about” as it makes the whole experience that much more pleasant. 

Two more days to go....then hot water heaven!

This method makes more sense to me...perhaps we can get the neighborhood to chip in for one of these...


  1. You're going to have this resolved before I arrive, right?

  2. I've started boiling water....well....heating water to pour over my head during the .08 seconds I spend in the shower. Steve insists on going "cold turkey" so to speak - he says he actually likes it. I'm sure you will too!

  3. Wow, I can't imagine. But I can laugh at your shower description :)

  4. "Taking nothing for granted!"
    AMEN, sister! How 'bout not taking for granted the fact that you'll be in the states SOON SOON SOON!


    LOVE YOU, cold-water-mama! just like the days in the Westy pool! :)