I don’t think it was a brown out or rolling blackout, maybe one of our kamikaze squirrels or someone took out a power pole. But power was down for about 30 minutes. With it this hot I checked on some of the neighbors to make sure they could stay cool then used my little battery powered cultivator to plant the purple sage and spicy oregano as well as the tomitillo plants my neighbor gave me. When the power came back on I charged up the cell phone and Kindle to make sure they were good if we do get rolling black or brown outs. I’m not very good about keeping my cell phone charged up daily and the Kindle lasts a long time between charges. I have a couple of small solar chargers as well as the car and some battery backups, but it would be better to get in the habit of keeping the phone charged.
I’m glad the power came back on as I needed to get the lawn mowed and weeds wacked. Until the solar generator is finished this is kind of a downside going with electric yard tools. If I had been really desperate for power I could have fired up my generator, but it was just the lawn and it could have been mowed in a day or two. I tried a new mowing pattern that worked well with the electric cord. I was a little concerned about using the same mowing pattern all the time and this pattern worked great for giving me good spot to stop for a rest. The electric mower is much more user friendly and I can do both the front and backyard in a day if I’m willing to pay the price physically. I think doing the front yard and backyard on different days will work better for me.
I would not get so crazy about getting stuff done on a schedule but me and the neighbors are having a 3rd of July, Idaho pool party/Independence day shindig and I’d like things to be somewhat nice. I have some home brewed beer along with BBQing a turkey for my contribution along supplying my neighbors with a few tools for the work they are doing on their place. Mom will be baking a chocolate mayonnaise cake. I’ll use up some of the stored older soda for drinks and have plenty of jugs of ice water with it being so hot. Nothing wrong with having an adult beverage but with it so hot we need to watch for dehydration. My yard is very well shaded with mature trees but I gave the neighbors a light canvas tarp to put on their Pergola for a little more shade for the patio area.
I’m doing most of my food stuff out of things from my pantry. While I have the propane stove I can see that having the big camp chef double propane burners would be great for big groups or making my beer outside so I don’t heat up the house when it’s so hot outside. Other than the little solar motion detector light being a huge hit with everyone not much to report at Casa de Chaos. I’ll order the wood for the fireplace on the 15th, paid a little ahead on a couple of small bills, got a little bit silver and one more 55 gallon drum for the 7 year food plan with one to go.
The world is going all crazy and there is not much you can do about it except try and protect yourself and your family. But, remember life is for the living and have a little fun, learn and do something different. Be the change you want to see ! Because how you live your life is a much better example and more convincing than all the nagging you can ever do!