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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Updates on life....

Well, here I sit, trying to put on my best sad face because I haven't been here in a while, but I'm in such a good mood that my sad face just will not appear :)
A volcanic plug just around the corner from us :)

It's the tail end of our rainy season, and this year we actually HAD a rainy season, in fact there were times it was a bit much, not that I am complaining though, we NEEDED it and it was good to have it. The only problem I have is when it's raining so much, it makes the unpaved roads a little difficult (sometimes impossible) to navigate, I got stuck on the main ranch road coming in, fortunately I was able to get myself moving again, it was good experience, and if I had been truly stuck, someone would have picked me up and brought me in.

Well I have some good news, I've been working working working, I am no longer a caretaker, I did that for 5 years for my friend, it was time for both of us to take a break from that, we are still good friends though, I chat with her most days and am still available if she needs me for something.

You can just make out the sky castle in the lower left....
My new job is merchandising, something I did for 10 years at Best Buy, I loved doing it and missed it very much, but never thought I'd get to go back into that field again, then a friend who lives nearby (CS) asked me if I wanted to ride along with her and help her do some jobs, I jumped at the idea. Next thing I know, I'm filling out an online application to work for a major merchandising company.

We drive all over west Texas servicing all the dollar stores, Alco, WalMart, we have even gone into a few of the bigger truck stop fuel stations to set up displays. I've never been one to like traveling, but this is quite pleasant, I get to see the sun come up, and often get to see it go down. We work long days, and we work hard, but having a great teammate to work with is such a pleasure, we work great together.

Same view as above, but not so close, can you see the sky castle?
Mostly what we do is move merchandise around, reset displays and shelves, we are given a set of instructions (planograms), along with price strips, peg labels, and other materials, sometimes it's as easy as just changing out a couple of shelf strips, other times it's as involved as removing everything from a section (or two, or more), changing out the shelves, placing new price strips (or peg labels) then stocking the shelves with the product. We have "regular" weekly and biweekly jobs that are the same each time, stocking-straightening-counting inventory, when we are done with a job, we take a picture of two and that gets sent in to the company along with a report.

I have been slowly putting together my "kit", my working gear, the first thing I purchased was a set of knee pads, I crawl on the floor-a lot, these are concrete floors and not forgiving to knees. Today I purchased a bag to carry my tools and such, it's really a baby-bag, but it works just fine for what I need.

In the beginning CS and I were working 12+ hour days trying to catch up on the backlog of work that had been leftover, jobs that hadn't been done and needed to get done. That was hard, but even harder on CS's hubby and mine, leaving at 6am and not getting home until 7-11pm, fortunately I think those long days are behind us now. I expect to be busy through Christmas, then it should ease off but we will still have lots of work to do. We turn down work on a regular basis, work that would require us to be gone for a few days at a time, for now it's not something either of us wants to do, but it may be something to consider in the future.

I'll leave off for now, I need to go to bed so I can get up early in the morning for another day, one last thing, I thank the Lord above for dropping this job into my lap when I needed it, it was time to move on from the caretaker job, this merchandising job came around at the perfect time, I am truly blessed. :)

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Water, water, beautiful water!

As of tonight, technically last night as this is now the morning, I finally have running water again. PB had been wanting to move the small tank (300 gallons) from the porch just outside of the kitchen to the ground, either under the skycastle or under the porch. So earlier this week he drained the remaining water out of the tank, removed the various hoses and the pump and moved it.

It is in a better spot, and with the pump outside of the kitchen, it's much quieter now. He re-assembled all of the hoses, hooked up the pump, turned it on, and viola, no water.... so all week long I have been doing what I used to do, walking down the hill to my neighbor's house and hauling up 2 gallons of water, we are pretty frugal with our water to begin with, this week we have been uber-frugal! Few dishes have been done, very little cleaning that required water....

PB decided there was an air leak in the hose on the pickup side, he was able to get to it yesterday evening, disassemble the pump and determine for certain where the air leak was, he had to use another hose, one that fit better, he put everything back together, turned on the pump, and for an agonizing few seconds nothing came out of the faucet. Then water, wonderful wet water began to flow.

I just did a big batch of dishes, I think every plate we own was dirty, certainly all the silverware and pretty much everything else, I can't believe I'm getting excited about doing dishes, I think that is the chore I like least. I planned on taking a shower before going to bed, but someone who will remain nameless, who took a shower, left the light on and the windows open in the shower, so it's full of bugs right now, june bugs and all sorts of other flying creatures.... I'm not interested in fighting them tonight, I'll take a shower when I get up in the morning.

Hope your week has gone well :)



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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

It finally happened, I've been called sexist..... :)

I wondered when it would happen, and quite frankly I'm surprised it's taken this long to occur.... on the other off grid site where I write, I was accused to being sexist because of something I wrote, sigh.....


Rather than copy and paste the comment, I did a screen cap of it, here it is
As moderator of this site, one of my duties is to moderate comments, I get to decide if a comment gets through or not, and it's on MY article, I considered hitting the trash button, then figured I would take this opportunity to educate Nik, hopefully what I said broke through his or her feminist agenda. Here was my response:


I just don't know what else I could say, I kept my religious views out of it, I just stated fact, and the fact is that men are generally physically stronger than women, I have no problem with that, sometimes I wish I could open that really tight jar, or heft a piece of plywood on my back and carry it up a ladder, but wishing it isn't going to make it so, I LOVE it that I get to live in a mostly traditional heterosexual male-female pairing, I LOVE it that my man builds for me, I LOVE doing the cooking and other domestic goodies, I certainly don't expect him to work on the sky castle all day then cook dinner that night, we are a TEAM, he does what he does best, I do what I do best, it works. The reason I say "mostly" traditional is because I am the breadwinner in the household, I certainly don't mind that, if he were to go out and work a 9-5 job or anything else that would take him away from home, then we wouldn't have what we have now, we would have to pay someone else to build for us. We have managed to set ourselves up in a pretty good situation for us, I make no apologies for that.

So what do you think about this? If you wish to read the article I wrote that sparked this debate, you can find it here:
http://www.off-grid.net/2013/08/25/how-to-go-off-grid-with-little-money/


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