Off-Grid Solar and Wind-Generated Power
Topic: Lifestyle P 2
Protector of our "freedoms"?
The previous owner of this particular Rooster was a kid girl that
raised him as a "domesticated pet".
She had named him "Jack".
This is the first rooster that has not attacked me (ever).
As a matter of fact, although he appears aggressive like other
roosters, he's really just wanting to be picked up and petted (other
Roosters would probably find this degrading to its natural machismo
He's also the smallest rooster I've ever had. Even his crow is not
offensive, unlike other Roosters.
However, Jack the Rooster was almost soup when for a few days he began
crowing incessantly. Little did I know that one of the hens had died and
was found under the bus out back (another story for another time). Jack
was crying for days to let somebody know his girl is dead under the bus.
Needless to say though, Jack almost was scheduled for termination, I
call him "Lucky Jack" now.
The thing about butchering your own hens and roosters is that it's kind
of heart-breaking; they each have their own personalities, which makes
them more like pets. But for food, pertaining to roosters, you have to
eat them when they're young or else the meat is terrible, no matter HOW
you cook it.
In the past I've tried roasting roosters, boiling roosters, pan-frying
roosters, and can say this: If they are over teenage (in bird age), the
meat is only good for other animals and pets to eat.
Yes, we're talking about you Jack; and pick up that Wing right
Comical Jack even abandons the hens, leaving the hens to follow me (his
little legs have to run to keep up).
Enough of Jack though. Let's talk swamp.
The area around here in the German
Township becomes saturated quickly with standing
during various stages of the seasons.
Standing water might not be entirely
eliminated by the installation of a catch-basin, but the installation of a
catch-basin should diminish the standing water that
affect a few of my neighbors as well.
The water catch-basin is born. (*not
A solar panel creates the electricity for the pump.
Although there is a switch to turn the
solar panel on and off manually, left in the ON position, the pump starts
to push water as soon as the sun rises, and ceases automatically when the
sun sets (so there's not really a need to ever turn it off unless
servicing something, or not needing the water).
The simple 12v pump has a variance of about
+/- 7volts and allows for the direct connection to a 12v solar panel
without the need for batteries.
The water coming from the hose shown below has been transferred through
over 75 feet using the method mentioned above.
The un-finished catch-basin with a pump just tossed in for testing.
The Catch-basin project was started late 2017.
The completion of the project is expected
to be sometime this year (God-willing).
A couple of the area Springfield Masons, such as Wright & Sons
Masonry, as well as other contractors and residents, began bringing in
truckloads of masonry and dirt debris which has been layered to allow for
easier underground travel of the water to the location of the pump.
In retrospect, I should have just
stockpiled the masonry in one pile and the dirt in another and kept
digging for a lower depth.
Where will the water go? That's a good question, I'm leaning toward a
large pond and a couple of laying geese.
As it turns out, just today (May 1st of
2018 right now), was stacked the first load of brick
2018 late frost killed everything that was planted.
So the plan is to build a small greenhouse to allow for kale and other
hearty vegetables to survive prior to planting when the weather is
Below are the first stage photos of the small green house in the making.
It is hoped that the greenhouse will aid in starting the seedlings for
early planting of the more hearty vegetables such as Kale, onion, garlic,
There are 3-foot steel stakes that have
been driven into the soil leaving an predetermined equal height, which was
accomplished by simply using a pole-driver until it hit earth for each
stake. The legs of the greenhouse were then slipped over the steel stakes,
while the tops of both sides were pulled together and secured to allow a
good pitch for the snow to fall.
Photo shows the alternate use of
Mom came for a visit.
She has a sweet tooth so this jam ought to
hold her over.
Start Jam by Stirring
Then keep stirring
Next comes the arduous lick tests
This is the one
After all that licking, Steam Sterilize the
jars and ...
2018 - First year for Blackberries!
This concludes P 2
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**As a community service to my Springfield Ohio Neighbors, I'm
offering gallons of distilled water for .50 (fifty cents, which is
about half the cost of the cheapest distilled water made available
by the monopoly stores).
Also, my distilled water may be a better choice as my water does
not come from a chemical plant that injects more than just
poisonous Fluoride; as if ingesting Fluoride is going to make your
teeth whiter....phhhttt... Anyone in need of distilled water
should bring their own gallon jugs.
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