We tell friends that we're "planting our grandchildren's inheritance" on our little property near Bullet Tree Village. We're trying to retire there and live a quiet life, planting Mahogany, Teak & Neem trees & learning to live off-grid.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Ok, UNCLE, UNCLE - We've had so many repair expenses lately that we've both become somewhat numb. The less money we have, the more that's needed. We have been trying to recover from having to buy a new generator and then it was new solar batteries with accompanying expenses. This last week has been heaven, with enough sun to give us lots of power so we haven't really been worrying about the utilities. WELL, last night, out of the blue, we lost our water. We have a 10,000 gallon, in ground, cistern with a 1/2 hp well pump and a pressure tank to supply our water. The pressure switch showed zero pounds. OK, now what. We'd recently had the pump reset and rewired. I was too upset to even be upset, just numb. Besides the injustice of it, it was Friday night. I sent out a call for help with a text message to our electrician/pump guy. Of course, no answer. Nothing we could do but start hauling buckets of water up from our plastic tank and worry! I was so tired this afternoon that I took a short nap (something I never do). I woke to a sound like the pump running. Art came in and told me that he decided to poke around and took the cap off the pressure valve. Inside was a bee and a small nest. As soon as he removed the bee the pressure gauge jumped to 32 lbs, and WE HAD WATER AGAIN. What a relief. I'm so proud of him and we're both so relieved that, at least for today, we won't have another huge expense. You might be able to hear our collective sigh and see our smiles. I'm working on making my glass half full again. Blessings
I know it's not exciting, but I decided to add a photo of the tank for info. The pressure valve is the little grey box with the two wires extending up. Such a little thing to cause to much trouble. G.
This blog was created by Gale as Art isn't really interested in the computer stuff. We're slowly making the transition from living in a log house we built ourselves in Bend, OR to our little place in Belize. Trying to be self-sufficient with solar power & collecting roof water. We'll see. It's difficult to leave two adult children and 5 grandchildren, but want to create a haven for them from the pressures of living in the US. Time will tell how successful we are. Hope you'll email and possibly visit us in Belize.