Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty). Live streaming video at http://ustre.am/TM8N
Friday, September 16, 2011
Had a rain event overnight. Checked the rain gauge and found .32" in it. Took a stroll down to the swamp and was hopeful when I saw several puddles along the way. Alas....not enough to cause a run into the reservoir. No new water but at least there were 2 ducks swimming around in what is left there. My friend JD named them Jim and Tammy Faye.
Found the 10till2 sweat spot for the fresnel today. A bit tricky lining it all up for the super hot spot and realistic over or under (with a mirror) cooking. Did some more black sandglass bead tests while being extra careful not to burn or blind myself. Shut down the R&D just when a couple of repeat visitors showed up. Jon and Skylar came by last year on memorial day for their first visit. That time they brought me a 12pack of Natural Light. This year I got a 6pack (three different flavors - all very good) of Jon's home brewed beer. Can't wait to see what they come up with next year! 80,92,64, .32",B