A few good things happened this week that are worth noting. My spinner arrived, and it has revolutionized doing laundry. What a wonderful machine! In less than 2 minutes the very wet clothes feel practically dry. It doesn’t take much to line-dry them now, and we don’t have any painful wringing with our hands. It also runs great off of our little inverter, so the generator does not have to run as with a washer. After we’ve used it a few weeks I’ll give a better report.
Speaking of the inverter, we had to go get a new one after realizing the old one was worn out and sucking all of the batteries dry way too soon. We suddenly couldn’t seem to keep a charge in the batteries, and it was almost impossible to charge them completely. The mystery was solved when we were unable to get a steady stream of current to my computer and we noticed the fridge struggling. The 750 watt inverter had been well used previously and was probably on its last leg when we moved, so we spent $40 for another one, and we’re back in business!
We spent part of the week helping another family move. They hope to soon be out in the boonies as well, although they may be in a different area. As a result of the extra busyness and being gone a lot, no newsletter was written, but we figure you may want a break as well.
It’s been a great blessing to be able to fill up with water at the neighbor’s place with their huge pump. Of course it will be even better when we can have our own well!
I thought I should tell you exactly how some things are working for us off-grid. At night we use a few battery-powered “candles” as night-lights in the bathroom so the children can find their way. We are using old rechargeable AA batteries that are too worn out for our cameras but still work great for this. After a few nights the batteries are ready to be recharged so I replace them with freshly charged ones. When the generator runs it charges the worn down ones again. So far it works great.
When Silver Oak is out filling water tanks or something at night, he wears his little inexpensive LED head lamp to see. Otherwise our lighting is powered either by the generator, or by the batteries when the inverter isn’t running. We have plenty of little LED flashlights handy to use when needed as well.
I’m a bit sleep deprived and have dozed off several times trying to write this post, so this had better be quits for now. Hopefully this next week will be a little more sane!
PS. Read the explanation for my new name in the last post.