For a day, anyway, we're back into the normal temps for this time of year: the 20s. And, since I turned off the Central Boiler a week or two ago, that means no heat in the house save the wood stoves . . . none of which I've yet taken the time to get a fire goin' in this morning. So, as I said, brrrrr! The sun's trying to poke through, tho, and that will help - provided it wins over the clouds.
I've got the Long Distance Guru coming today for the electrical system. The main purpose of his visit is to bring a couple who are building on the road to the west of me - about 9-13 miles away, as the crow flies. They'll be off-grid, too, and want to hear The Straight Skinny from someone who lives it. While the Guru is here, though, he'll switch out yet another battery that has gone bad and reduced my electricity (when the generator's not running nor the sun charging through the solar panels) to 'bout nil.
I was trying to get the house in decent enough shape to visit with them in here, but the limited amount of time coupled with my general exhaustion these days means that it's still a disaster. PLUS, it's so cold! So, instead, I'll head out to the workshop in the garage soon to work on that (which needs to be done, anyway), and we'll meet out there. Plus, it's getting heated right now from the generator running, so it will be quite comfortable in there.
As far as the latest news on Swamp River Ridge goes, I'm still in final negotiations with the credit union, so I can't say what the final agreement will be yet; but, at this point, it looks like I'll be here through September. And, whew, THAT will take the pressure off (some) regarding getting all my ducks in a row, eggs in one basket (i.e. cleaning this place out, finding storage, etc.)!
Now that I've started tearing things apart in here and (very) slowly but surely packing, the temptation is to do NOTHING but that on my days off, but I'm VERY behind on business work (web, graphic design & the photography), so I've GOT to devote this afternoon to that (once the visitors leaves). MUST do, MUST do!!
There's hardly ANY snow left - even the hard-packed snowbanks from plowing are melted - and I'll try to get some new pictures up today. I drove the "summertime road" home on Friday night, and the usual shaded, protected spots where I ordinarily still have to bust through the wet snow were COMPLETELY open. Weeeeird.
OOOOOH! I just noticed the date!! Today is Tucker's 6th birthday!! Happy birthday to Tucker, happy birthday to Tucker, happy biiiirthday to Tuuuuckerrrrr, happy birthday to Tucker!! And with that goes out the HUGEST props and thanks and love to Tucker's "birth mom", Jean! She is the BEST dog breeder in the entire world!!! This means that I'll have to get into my old home computer and dig out pics of Tucker through the years to post! I've been needing to get to some info on that computer, anyway, so this will provide the impetus I need.
Just tried to take a picture of the Birthday Boy:
|Uhhh. Okay, Poopy, stop being excited that Mama's calling you and asking you to look at her!|
|Ahh. THERE we go! :)|
So, with that, on with the day. I'd love to say that I'll be back again later today for another update, but, well, you know what happens whenever I promise that! ;)