Up this week: A week in a powered home, lots of
pinteresting researching, lazy homesteading and a solar cooker!
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I am so ready to go home, but also kind of sad. Mostly for the fridge and AC. Its hot out there!
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Amps and watts, ohms and volts, series and parallel.
Oh. My. Word! And somehow the charge controller volts has to match up with the panel watts and somehow that interacts with the inverter watts which affect the whatchamacallit and the thingamajig. And don’t forget to top off the blinker fluid every few weeks!
The basics I got. The devil is in the details. And I’m pretty sure my brain went into overload.
Long story short, I think we may have figured out a way to possibly get grid power. Yes, it goes against one of the original goals for the house, but after a year of no power, I’m ok with it. We can always add solar later and cut the power. We will officially find out next week when a lineman comes out and tells us how many children we have to sell to afford it.
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I know how to make and knead bread. It is serene at times to work the dough, almost meditative. But I also have a bread machine that works just great for those days that I have much to do or just don’t feel like being meditative. Its ok to let that machine do 3 hours of work for me. Ditto the washing machine.
It will be a balancing act. A balancing act with air conditioning.
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The children, however, had a blast watering. Not sure how much actually landed on the intended plant…
It was really neat (even fun!) to watch how each thing matured and then to pick them. It was a first for all of us to pick veggies straight off the plant.
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What has stopped me?? What about those days we want to go do stuff? Or weekend trips? Let alone week long vacays! Very few folks will make the drive to the house anyway, it would be a bear to get someone to do it twice daily for 10 days! And whats the point of a simpler and freer lifestyle if we are confined to the house?? Finding resolutions to those issues automatically helps with the daily chores – that whole “get up and open the door at the crack of dawn and close it at night” thing. Sorry, but even my children know better, mama doesn’t get up and do anything before 8 or 9 am. Not to mention the whole food and (again) watering thing. Like I need to add more feeding to my daily duty.
I found out it is super simple and super cheap to fix all those problems!
I am now ready to get those aminals!
Hey now, don’t judge – if Ma and Pa Ingalls had plastic they totally would have done the same things and freed up a ton of time!
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After we get it finished up and experiment a few times I will write about it… if not before – I’m so excited 😀
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Since we are discussing all this research I’ve done – I saw some *amazing* vertical container garden ideas for strawberries and tomatoes! And I think it may still be alright to plant them if I can get them built pretty quick.
And if I could figure out how to do it again I would totally post the pins. Ugh!