Finally, after a long time of having things that were “unworking,” Will has the water system fixed very nicely as well as the oven. Finally! Thanks to our wonderful readers, he checked the ignitor and found that although it was working, it was not close enough to the gas outlet to actually get it burning. He simply moved it a little closer and voila, it lit every time! Only you folks can know how much having a working oven means to this homesteader family! What a huge blessing that was.
And, finally, I was able to get my first pepper seeds planted. They are all long-season peppers like habaneros, which require over 100 days of growing season following transplanting, in order to produce viable seeds. Of course, I won’t be starting my “regular” peppers (like those in the catalog) for a few weeks. And, folks, please don’t read this post and go ahead and start your regular peppers now, seeing I did the habaneros. They will just get way too leggy and floppy unless planted in extremely good light or in a greenhouse with heat.
I’d like to give you an update on those emergency light bulbs we bought. They include a rechargeable battery. When the power goes out, like when our battery bank gets too low in the evenings following a cloudy day, they remain on, letting us walk easily to the flashlight and front door to turn on the generator. They would also be perfect for folks on grid, should the power suddenly go off. They continue providing light for hours. A very good investment, although they did cost about $10 each.
My knee is doing better every day but this morning I put my back out, just turning over in bed. So, after a very long and hot shower and resting all day, it seems to be doing much better. Holy cow, I hate being laid up. But I know spring is coming and much better days are ahead. Hooray, I can’t wait! — Jackie