Two packages arrived today it’s almost like Amazon is the adult version of Santa Claus this month. Oh sure I have to pay for the stuff I order but it’s kinda fun getting in new stuff for the house or RV. The chainsaw is a reconditioned Black and Decker 18 volt battery powered that cost less than $60.00. With the cultivator I bought I now have two chargers and three 18 volt batteries for some lightweight power tools. I won’t be plowing any feilds or cutting down a forest with these tools but the little cultivater did a good job on my raised bed garden. My hope is the chainsaw will be good for small jobs that works well with the solar generator and I can add to the RV toolbox. I think the little chainsaw could be very handy if I needed to bugout or after a storm cutting up limbs and small logs and I could save my gasoline for the big stuff.
The solar hub came in and I think it would work better for Mom’s solar setup rather than what I have in mind for my solar generator. I did not notice the specs limitations and I have a slightly different idea of how I want to go solar and doing the wiring. Mom’s solar panels have a lower total amperage compared to mine and I think since she has those panels mounted on the roof that the hub will work better for her start on solar power. Dad has done most of the setup for Mom’s solar power system but he seems to have major issues with solar energy. Perhaps it is a prejudice from when solar energy got it’s start back in the 70’s and was not very good. Dad worked for Idaho power for over 40 years as a lineman so I think he does not realize just how much solar has improved since then. Then again Dad is not on board with the whole prepping /self-reliance thing so there is a bit of denial/anger going on because life is changing rather dramatically and it’s getting harder to ignore.
I know most of my family thinks I’m nuts by preparing and getting self-reliant. But other than the water main fix that Dad just had to “help” me with I have managed to pay off almost all of my debt. Refi my house to get a good interest rate, put in a very wood stove and is managing life pretty well. Like many families these days this is a mixed family via divorce and sometimes it hurts Dad that I make “his kids” look sort of financially incompetent. Plus he has told me that he feels guilty about not helping me as much as the other kids! While I need help from time to time to make things a bit easier, I’m proud of the fact that I’m the kid he doesn’t need to worry about making it! My parents are in their late 60’s/early 70’s and us kids are in our 40’s-50’s and we are still “kids” and they are still “parents”. I don’t think this is a new thing about us humans but instead of spraying a bit of Bactine and giving a kiss and a hug for a “boo boo”. Parents try to cushion the slings and arrows of real life.
I was so lucky as a child that my Mom would allow me to go out and discover the world and get a bit smashed up by it to learn there are some sharp corners in life and gravity and inertia can hurt. I don’t have kids but watching my nieces and nephews can just about give e a heart attack or stroke when I see them play. I don’t have the strength my Mom had to be a parent and let a child discover life and learn for themselves.