My attempt to make it to my 10 acres in Terlingua Ranch and make a go of living on it. From the start it hasn't gone good at all, but I'm hopeful things will turn around!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Night 2 & 3 (Its getting better!)
Well the living conditions are getting better anyway. I discovered that the battery in this lap top has gone belly up and the only way I can use this computer is either running off of the generator or inverter / batteries. I was bored with nothing to do and was determined to stay up late rather than go to bed about 7:30 or 8:00 to beat the cold and I did. (11:50 PM.) Beats the heck out of waking up at 1:00 or 2:00 AM and being stuck in the bed until sunrise to stay warm! I didn't have to beat the cold because I managed to get one of the two tarps up on the sealing, seal off all gaps going in to the back part and it made a world of difference. With the burner turned as low as it would go without going out it stayed comfortable in here until about 6:00 AM when I turned the burner up some. Didn't take long for it to get comfortable again. The Iron Dungeon is becoming more like a home. You're right Tigger) Sealing off the back part good also stopped the rainy sealing in the back part because I stayed out of there until I'd opened up the front door to let the humidity that had built up in here all night from the burner out.
Lighting is 22 solar lights from Harbor Freight and they put out plenty of light for me to see except for reading. I did compose some email last night after going out about 10:00 PM and drilling a hole through the front I built just big enough for an extension cord to go through so I could run this computer off of the inverter. I managed to see the keyboard from the light of the screen with one of the solar lights on each side of the keyboard. I'll go out shortly and use my home built dish to connect to the internet to publish this and send the waiting email in the outbox. I have the stuff to build the dish so it could be mounted outside where I could use this computer and be connected in here, but unfortunately this computer won't work with it so far. I may wind up pulling my desk top out of storage and try to get it setup on it and use it for internet to send mail and what ever else and use this one to do my offline work and transfer the data by flash drive. Don't want the desktop to drain the batteries by running it a lot.
BTW the picture is what I saw at sunrise yesterday morning. I had a write up all set to go, but lost it when I discovered the battery was capoot in this computer and took it off the inverter.
Heard my first cayote since I've been here and that was about 6:30. Sound real close and that could be a real bad thing for it! Can you say buckshot?