Yesterday our supervisor brought out a 20K diesel generator to supplement our power until we get shore power. It’s on a lease and is costing them less than the one we had last year. We’ll have it through October which is when our supervisor is predicting the shore power will be here. It’s supposed to be here sometime in September but he says that realistically it probably won’t be done and ready for use until sometime in October. We’re also getting a security system (cameras). The security system is already purchased and just waiting for power.
Not only did we get the Whisper-soft generator, they also bought a 13.5K gas generator (noisy). He brought that out here today. We use the gas generator during the day and the diesel at night. This will save on our Hondas and the BLM Propane generator.
See ya’ll…. it’s all coming to fruition…. finally. Minimal bitching (at least to the BLM), a lot of patience and a lot of faith. Of course, there’s still a chance something will come along to set the shore power back, but I plan on being a Pollyanna about it. For those of you young kids reading this, you’ll need to Google Pollyanna.
The storm I posted about last time ended up leaving us 1.25” of rain. We’ve had a total of about 2.5” for the year. Phoenix says they have another monsoon on the way this weekend, but we’re just getting hotter temps. I’ve no idea when we’ll get another storm, but when we do I hope it’s a little milder. I don’t know how many times our supervisor is willing to replace a storm destroyed easy-up canopy.
Thom is still in the process of getting all his cardiology evaluations. After wearing the heart monitor for 10 days, it was only able to record 18 hours of activity (due to our living off grid) and those hours showed nothing unusual. When he was it Yuma for the consult with the cardiologist in Tucson the cardiologist decided to have him hooked up to a monitor and he had an episode like those that brought all this testing on. He said she (cardiologist) said something about cluster beats. Thom has an appointment with a cardiologist in Quartzsite to get the echo cardiogram on Aug. 6th. Hopefully that will determine what’s going on and what to do.
A month or so ago we bought an infrared turkey fryer (no oil required). I’ve cooked a boneless pork loin roast (a bit tough), chicken legs (absolutely yummy), 10 lb. bone-in pork roast (to die for… moist, tender, fall apart pork, tremendous chicharoni from the skin and lots of leftover for pulled pork sandwiches). To top it off, I have a lovely pork bone in the freezer with enough meat to make a great winter soup in a few months. Last night I did rack of pork ribs. Here’s a shot of the ribs just before I put them in the cooker, and then a shot of the “fryer”. They came out with a crisp crust, moist meat and tender also. YUM!
If it hadn’t been pretty breezy, the mesh lid wouldn’t have been on it.
Today I walked down to the inlet to see if the carp were close to the bank like they tend to be this time of the year. I not only got pics of the carp, but got a bonus of 2 dragonflies and 1 damsel. The carp were about 10” long… they get up to 3 ft..
This first shot is the Black Saddlebags Dragonfly, the second is a new one for my life list, a female Red Saddlebags, and the last is a male American Ruby-spot Damselfly.
To top off the photos. I have a young Black Phoebe that hangs out in the Screw bean Mesquite tree at the end of the ramp (hunting insects). I got a decent shot of him this morning.
Thom got a notice that he has to show up for grand jury duty on Aug. 5th. He has to go all the way to Parker, which is 93 miles away. At least he gets paid mileage and daily stipend.
It looks like all the hustle and bustle of getting power resolved and medical appointments is slowing down, so now I can get back to feeling creative and getting a hummingbird going. I don’t have many orders so it will be nice to take my time.
Ya’ll stay happy and healthy.