Water, Water Everywhere

I get indigestion every time I come to Seward. I’ve been studying the problem to discover the source of my stomach problems, and haven’t come to any solid conclusions.

As I talked the problem over with Beth, she suggested that my problem might be the water. In the past, Seward water had such high nitrate levels it was ruled to be unsafe for pregnant women, nursing mothers, and small children. After a multi-million dollar treatment plant, Seward water is “safe” now. But Beth says when she drinks it, she has indigestion followed by other unpleasant symptoms. Guessing that my digestion problems might stem from a similar source, I’m switching to distilled water for the duration of my stay.

If this doesn’t stop the indigestion, I’ll have to address other variables. My problem now is the extremely flat taste of distilled water. It needs something to give it a little flavor. Salt? Dirt? I’ll need to conduct a series of taste tests to determine the best additive.

What to add?

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17 Responses to Water, Water Everywhere

  1. Lauren says:

    I’m sorry that we make you sick to your stomach. I think it might be all this fresh Nebraska air – you’re missing the pollution and government interference that is so rich in Baltimore air.

  2. Kim says:

    It is not the water-it is the fact that you are drinking out of clean cups!

  3. Karla says:

    Why are you drinking distilled water? Why not just some good old fashioned bottled water? They sell Ice Mountain for a good price at Sams. I would think the solution would be to drink something other than Seward water, not specifically distilled water.

    • Lloyd says:

      That’s no good, Ice Mountain is bottled here in Seward. “Fortified with extra minerals”

    • Brad says:

      The pile of plastic bottles a case of bottled water would generate is not allowed in this house. A local company does this distilled water jug thing and the jugs are reused.

      • Lauren says:

        Ok, guilt has set in. Drink whatever you like as long as your stomach will feel better! Drink from unrecyclable plastics, drink from unrecyclable metals, drink from rabbit skins! Just drink and be well!! (I ought to write that down – it would be a great wedding toast…)

      • Karla says:

        You don’t have to buy the 12, 16 or 20 oz bottles. They sell it by the jug too, so you can buy a big jug and drink many, many glassfuls from them – washable glasses.

  4. Annette says:

    Did you stage those cookies for the photo?

    • Brad says:

      Only a great strength of will has kept a few of those cookies on the counter.

    • Peggy says:

      Yea Lauren … Brad says you make the best chocolate chip cookies in the world! Soooo, could you send some home with him so us Baltimorians could give them a try?

      • Deanne says:

        and then I would like Brad to invite the Marino family for a visit so that we could try, too. Perhaps we could stage a party at his house… it seems like it would be a good venue.

  5. Peggy says:


    But if you insist on being risky, I’d try throwing a rusty nail in the water … I’m pretty sure that’s what your system is craving.

    • Carol says:

      Good one, Peggy – I was just going to say all that doom-and-gloom stuff about ingesting distilled water. Distilled water used to be just for the steam iron, but even they take tap water now. Maybe if you make sure you always mix something into it, though, like Gatorade or KoolAid or Lemonade – that might compensate for all the stuff missing…sort of like unleaded gasoline, I guess…

  6. Peggy says:

    Hey—why don’t I show up?

  7. Peggy says:

    Where’s my other comment?

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