My day today in pictures. Hubby installed our Windmax turbine today. It was a hot day to do it, but he couldn't wait. To tell you the truth, neither could I. This means we will have power coming in when the cold winds of fall and winter and hit us. No having to depend on the sun to come out. If we get sun and wind, well that's good too. We can charge with both of them at the same time. I will write more about this in a few days.
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Spending time in my garden means we will have food on the shelves. Last night I canned my first crop of green beans. It was very hot and humid picking them yesterday. I had to keep getting more water. I keep my water bottle nearby at all times. I also kept a pail of cold water from the well, so I could wet an old tee shirt every now and then and put it on my head. Yes, I looked strange with a wet tee shirt on my head, but it worked!
Ready to pick!
I know it is not the same for everyone, as it is for me. I do not have to go every day to a job. I work from home and that gives me the opportunity to work in my garden daily. I didn't always do that, but back then I didn't have as good of a garden either. Every year, we have made more and more progress on our little homestead here in the forest. Soon that progress will include a wind turbine up and running, which will enable us to have running water, use a washing machine and best of all, a refrigerator! Which we ordered yesterday! Can't wait!
My garden looks good, but it is not as good as it looks. My squash seems to have blossom rot and my two lettuce beds bolted as soon as it got hot and humid. I will replant the lettuce. The squash, well not much I can do about that. That is gardening! Some years are more plentiful than others.
We are hitting many of our goals this year. It is a summer of work! My husband is working hard on putting up our wind turbine. Actually, the turbine is the easy part. It is the turbine tower that is hard. Lots of hard work and sweat has gone into that. He will have it easy to use and easy to bring down if it needs a repair. Getting this project finished means that soon we will have running water. Running water means I can use my brand new, never used, washing machine. Now that will be a nice thing to have!
Running water for us, will be just cold water for the time being. If the wind turbine and solar panels bring in more power than we need though, the charge controller will divert the power to the water heater. Then we will have hot water! It is a good start for us. Truth be told, I could live with the system that way. Heating the water most of the time on the wood stove is no big deal in the fall and winter.
It has been very hot and humid here this year, but we are getting through it okay. I have been busy rewriting my eBooks and working on my kitchen and pantry. As I cross projects off my "to do" list, I get excited. How about you? Are you getting a lot of projects done this summer? This is a homesteader's working time. My hard working husband has been working constantly. He will be proud of it once it is all done. So will I!
I have recently updated my Breads & More Cookbook for the Kindle. Starting at midnight tonight, it will available for Free downloads for two days. So if you have thought about getting it before and didn't want to spend the money, get it now. The details of this book are on another post I wrote, Breads & More Cookbook.
The cover and the formatting have been updated. I have not added any photos yet, because I am still in the learning phase of formatting for the Kindle. As soon as I master it, I will be adding photos to all of my eBooks. You know how much I love photos! If you like a certain recipe from this book and take pictures, I will include them in a future blog post. Let me know and send me the picture.
I have recently updated my eBook, The Pantry Cookbook. It is a book that my son and I came up with for the times when you have run out of money and can't afford to buy food till your paycheck comes. I published it over a year ago for the Kindle. Now I have added more recipes and many recipes for how to make some of those so called "convenient foods." They are not really so convenient. Easy to make from scratch in your own kitchen! Makes me wonder why people took to them so easily.
Today and tomorrow my book will be available for free. I would love for all my loyal readers here would download it. If you find any error within the recipes, please let me know by commenting on this post or messaging me on Facebook. If you can find the time to do so, please leave me a five star review on Amazon. That would improve the success of this book so I can write more. Thank you so much!
I had the cover updated also. What do you think of it? Do you like it? I think my designer did a fantastic job! He just finished the cover for my Breads & More Cookbook too. I will be updating that in a few days, after the holiday.