One Step Closer

It’s 99° and not much of a breeze outside today. The ground is parched and the grass is more brown than green. It’s been over a month since we had any rain and there doesn’t seem to be any headed our way soon.

Looking at this photo I am reminded that it is past time to have the house painted…sigh.

We are closer to being self sufficient with regard to our power supply. The transfer box is installed now. We were without power for awhile this morning while the guys from Webb Electric got the box installed and wired. GCEC came out and shut the power off at the pole and were back later to flip the switch and get our power back on when the electricians were finished. Webb needs to get the cable to run from the Generac to the transfer box so it will be next week before they are back out with the generator.

We decided we want the generator further from the house than we originally planned and that means a longer stretch of expensive electrical cable. No hurry. We are getting there. When that is done we’ll let Douglas Distributing know we need the propane tank installed. And then we’ll be up and running in case of a power outage.

And when everything is done and dusted I intend to go shopping for a freezer to put in the garage so we can stock up on frozen food and be that much more self sufficient. Our pantry is well stocked and we keep the fridge stocked as well.

We are also thinking about going with a gas water heater the next time we have to replace the electric one, and we will probably put it in the garage instead of in the utility room giving us more room for storage in the utility room.

It was well up in the low 90’s outside before the guys were finished and our power and A/C were back on, but it stayed perfectly comfortable in the house. We keep the thermostat set between 70° and 72° and it got up to 74° in the house by the time the power was restored. Not bad at all! The double-hung, double-pane windows, the window blinds and the extra blown-in insulation have made a big difference in keeping the house well insulated and comfortable. More investments in home improvement that have paid off over the years.

One of the things we won’t have to worry about with the generator is getting stuck in our power recliners when the power goes out. Our old chairs had battery packs but the newer chairs didn’t come with that option. I’ve been stuck with the foot rest up and no way to get out of a recliner before. Not. Fun. Also, we have Tempur Pro-Adapt power beds and with no power we wouldn’t be able to adjust the beds for sleeping. With the Generac we won’t have to worry because as soon as the power to the pole cuts off in an outage the generator will kick on. And as soon as power is restored to the pole the generator will shut off.

I got a little knitting done while the power was off and finished a couple of chapters in the Brother Cadfael book I’m currently reading. We had left-overs for lunch…the last of a pound of chopped brisket with green beans and mustard potato salad for sides. I’m. Stuffed. We’ll have something light for dinner tonight…maybe a green salad and some fruit.

Time to get back to my knitting. Dr. Pol is on Nat Geo Wild so I’ll enjoy some reruns while I knit. Have a blessed Friday ya’ll.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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