Yesterday we got the roof two thirds of the way on. Not a couple of hours later, Godzilla El Nino arrived with a vengeance and doesn’t look like it will go away in the next three days. Today, Sunday, it is currently sunny but muddy as all get out from the grid killing thunderstorms we had yesterday afternoon. We have pulled the truck under the new roof along with the tractor and put Zina’s car in the barn as we are expecting the possibility of tennis ball sized hail. Hopefully that is the exception to the rule, but the forecast from Denver to Des Moines is for raucous and nerve wracking thunderstorms. Best to be prepared. The pre-solar system, JAZ Farm off grid back up system, got put to the test last night. The oil lanterns and candles lit the house. The little generator was put to work keeping the freezers running and my marine battery/inverter gave us a little power for other things as well. All I know is that when the power is out one comes face to face with the reality of how many stupid electrical things we rely on. No one in our family today now doubts that the solar system with the battery backup is a bad idea.
So here are the latest construction pictures of dad and the kid. Its been a lot of fun working with my son. He has come a long way this year and I hope it continues. Today we are cleaning and such indoors and then will be celebrating Zina’s birthday!
Saturday evening the sky put on quite a show. We have only detected one drip in the roof so far. Nothing a little caulking won’t cure!