The PT Cruiser finally broke down. But now I have 4 wheel drive.
Problem: the sun is too low in the sky to hit my solar panel.
Solution: use a mirror to reflect the sunlight back
It’s been a while. It seems a month or so ago I had a small heart attack. But I am back. I will be making a few changes here at the homestead. But first I want to do a little walk through on how things are now.
I finally got a small solar panel.
I have just hooked it up temporarily. I will mount everything permanent after I test for a while.
So far it is working great. It even charges the battery a bit more than the ac charger at the house.
Here’s how I stay clean at the homestead.
First the shower.
I still use the solar camp shower. Just fill the bag with water, lay it black side up in the sun for a couple hours, hang it up and voila. A hot shower. By the end of the summer I hope to have water run from the well to inside the cabin.
For laundry I just use a wash basin and hang the clothes to dry.
- Today I did a little dressing up of the inside window frames on the cabin. This is what they looked like unfinished.
Although they were framed and didn’t leak they weren’t very pretty. So I made use of the 1 x 4s I had left from when I took the shelving out of the original shed. A little measuring, cutting, routing and painting and this is the result.
Yesterday I had a bunch of 1 x 4s stacked to build windows frames today. Then it rained. All night. So I came up with this rack to dry them quick since there only seems to be one dry, sunny day.
When I am staying at the house in Titusville, I tend to eat ready made food. But cheese sausage and eggs freshly cooked and enjoyed on the porch are much better.
Two curious bruins were exploring the homestead this morning. One looked in the the window and said “somebody has been sleeping in my bed”.
After reviewing the video I believe what I thought were two yearling cubs was really a mother and her yearling. The bear who stayed back in the woods appears a bit larger than the one who came to the door.