When there's a rag here, that means that somebody's in the shower and you can't turn on the water.
Ilya: It doesn't matter that the faucet drips all the time?
Sonya: Oh, the bathroom's free now. Okay.
Ilya: You said you would show us the new shower.
Sonya: So, here's our new shower. Although we didn't have an old one. So it's called new for the sole reason that until now we didn't have one. People mostly went to the bathhouse.
Sonya: This is our washing machine. And this is our dirty laundry. Other people also have washing machines here, I don't know whose is whose. They have their own basins for dirty laundry, other things of theirs. Everybody hangs things out to dry on the clotheslines.
Ilya: Does anybody take their wash to the cleaners?
Sonya: A lot of people wash their things by hand. I don't know if anybody takes wash to the cleaners.
Ilya: It used to be that you would boil the sheets. People put these huge buckets, enamelled or just galvanized, onto the stove and that's where they boiled the sheets. So as not to do that, not to take up the whole kitchen and bathroom, we took the sheets to the cleaners.
Sonya: I see a lot of people boiling sheets. They put an enormous bucket on the stove.
Ilya: You mean even now?
Sonya: Even now, yes.
Sonya: Well, some people simplify things; they just wash everything in a basin. And other people completely modernized.
Ilya: Are the clotheslines divided up?
Sonya: Not at all. If you see an empty spot, you take it; that is, at some point you can come in and see that that there's no space, no place to hang anything. Then you have to go to what we call the "empty room" and hang all your stuff there.
Ilya: And these buckets here?
Sonya: They are pretty much used for heating water when there isn't any hot water and for washing the floor.
Ilya: But now you have hot water all the time, don't you?
Sonya: No, for example, right now there's no hot water.
Ilya: Wait a minute, how can that... You get hot water from the water heater that's in the kitchen.
Sonya: Whatever, but at the moment we have no hot water. Something broke. I have no idea what, but we have no hot water.
Ilya: That is, you have hot water in the kitchen, but in the...
Sonya: There's no hot water in the kitchen now either. Now there's no hot water at all.
Iraida Yakovlevna: You left something in my room.
Ilya: No, that's for you.
I.Ya.: Why for me? It probably has a lot of sugar in it, I can't have it.
Ilya: It's not very sweet, but it's good.
Ilya: And you'll have guests…
I.Ya.: Not any time soon.
Ilya: Maybe one of these days they'll come. Of course. For tea. And these are very good, I've tested them myself!
Sonya: Natasha will come to see you.
I.Ya.: Natasha doesn't really eat sweets either...
Ilya: It's not very sweet, try it!
I.Ya.: Not very sweet?
Ilya: Not very sweet.
I.Ya.: And I thought, what's on the table? I couldn't figure it out. Oh God... I thought you left something by mistake.
Ilya: No, it's okay, it's okay, it's, it's for you.
I.Ya.: Thank you very much!
Sonya: This room is called the "empty room," and also the "drying room." People hang their wash out to dry here, but not only here; in the bathroom too, and also people keep bath sponges here, people keep things that they plan on taking to their dachas, propane cans, for example. And in fact all sorts of unusable things are kept here, things that people don't want to throw out, but don't want to keep in their rooms either. So it all goes here. Judging from my own behavior, people use the drying room to store everything they don't want to throw away but they don't know where to put. Some people dry plastic bags here. Once I overheard a neighbor's kid telling someone over the phone that he couldn't go out and play because he had to help his parents wash plastic bags.