Wednesday, March 21, 2012
We had quite a snow storm over the weekend with the freeway closing down Sunday night into Monday morning. Here's the train depot downtown.
And of course with every storm, our system goes down and I'm sure it's due to gremlins! It's uncanny how this happens. The new glow plugs that we put in burned up because the preheat cycle is just too long. So, yesterday the off-grid guy came and removed the panel and I had to overnight it down to L.A. to have it re-programed.
Hopefully, the panel box and new plugs will arrive by this weekend because there's a chance of yet another storm. In the meantime, the portable generators are running all our appliances and we're doing various jobs systematically. I run the water heater for one hour in the late afternoon and then turn it off. Then around 5:30 I start dinner using only two burners.
Later today, I'll run the well for awhile so that we have plenty of water. All these things take quite a bit of power and must be done separately. When everything is working like it should, it's a joy to live off the grid. When the gremlins show up, life becomes a bit harder.
But you know what? It keeps us looking up and that's a very good thing!