OMG!!! We finally got our solar system on line today. How amazing it is to have the generator motor off and still have electricity! We will still run the generator a couple hours each day to recirculate the pool and run the pump at the cistern that fills our water tanks in the tower. It is really like magic. Without being in our circumstances, I question if people can understand the portent of this. We have been paying upwards of $800 a month on deisel fuel to run the generator. Now that we are on line with the solar, we will be consuming 1/12th the fuel. Right now everything is running and it is sooooo quiet….no generator. Being totally off grid and independent is truly a boon. How many people can say this?
I took the hammck weaving off the loom last night. There are some mistakes that will need to be mended, but overall, it came out very well. I was surprised to lay it on our bed and find that it would serve quite well as a blanket for the bed. There are several instances where the two layers were intermingled and repairs will need to be made. Overall, I am very pleased with the results. I was surprised at how large the fabric was; but it only opened up a multitude of posibilities! I still need to figure out how to attach the fabric to the ends of the hammock. I’ve seen several examples but have yet to figure out how to incorporate the fabric with the ends.
Luis and his family; wife, Milagros, and children Nichole and Rosemary have been here for a visit in the last few days. Luis’ sister Chielo has also been here to help with the children. They have enjoyed the beach and took a trip to Mancora and Punta Sal today. Mancora is definitely a commercial center; it’s a party town….full of booze and drugs. If you are young and stupid, this is the best place on earth.
Another thing Jorge and Jaime have done for us is given us the independence we have been planning for. As of now, we are off the grid, and only dependent on the generator for a couple hours a day to run the pool and the pump which raises water from the cistern to the water tanks.
Meanwhile, I have taken the hammock off the loom and am working on fixing minor imperfections. The width on the loom was 42″ which then translated into a total width of 84″. What magic to weave 42″ on the loom and have it come out twice the width! Once these minor fixes are made, I will have a large piece of fabric to use for a hammock. I still need to figure out how to attach the ends to the hook which will support the hammock. Such interesting posibilities!