|How we start our morning-|
in spite of glitches!
Typically in the summer, we never have to worry about not having enough power. The sun shines high overhead, the panels convert the UV into power and we have an endless stream of energy to run our little shouse. This year has been a little different. While the majority of United States bakes in an unrelenting hothouse, we are experiencing cooler than normal weather with numerous cloudy, blustery days. Normally, that wouldn't be a problem, since I would take the opportunity to run the generator on cloudy days and get caught up on laundry. But, as one quickly learns when they are off-grid, there is no such thing as normal. As I have mentioned before, we need a new carburetor on our generator, but, like so many other things in life, it gets put on hold when it is not giving us trouble. Our generator has been put on hold long enough that it is starting to rebel. I am able to run the generator long enough to pump water once or twice a day, but not long enough to do laundry and subsequently charge our batteries.
|Our poor generator!|
|Our tired battery bank|
Luckily, having lived off-grid for over ten years, this is nothing new. Really, it's nothing more than a minor inconvenience. Today, I will haul out the James Washer and my wash tubs, and get started on that laundry that is piling up (which will work out quite well, as I will take a lot of pictures and do a product review on the James!). We will revert back to conservation mode and only use the electricity that is absolutely essential. Out will come the kerosene lamps and the children will be thrilled with our "non-electric" adventure.
The truth of the matter is this couldn't have come at a better time. It is easy to become complacent when everything is humming along with no complications. This was our wake-up call. Now is the time to get everything in good working order, while we still can. Now is the time to get a back-up generator and a new carburetor for the generator we have. Now is the time to recycle the thousands of pounds of batteries in our shed and buy a reliable battery bank. We have been given a little nudge. Now is the time to heed the call so we won't be left in the dark when we experience a true collapse.
Instead of complaining about yet another hitch in our git-along, I am going to embrace the challenge. I am going to use this time to learn, refine and prepare. If and when a real collapse descends upon us, I am going to meet it head-on and be grateful for all of the hitches in our git-alongs that got us here.